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Associated Press Photos: Conservation Project at the Venetian Palace

VENICE, Italy ( Associated Press) – Venetian art restorers are launching an ambitious project to analyze and intervene on valuable works of art and ornamentation in an iconic Venetian palace that was at the center of political life in the powerful Maritime Republic of Venice.

The project at the Doge’s Palace, run by Venice’s Fondazione Musei Civici, began in June and will run for about 14 months, as restorers examine every square inch of surfaces in the palace – known as the Palazzo Ducale – which contains some of the world’s most famous works of art. The best are included. Works of art including paintings by Tintoretto and Titian.

The Italian government has financed the project with 500,000 Euros.

Using mobile scaffolding so they can work on small parts at a time and leaving open spaces for visitors, restorers ascend and descend a series of ladders to the roofs each day, where their tools include soft brushes and syringes .

In the Grand Council Chamber, home to one of the world’s largest paintings, Tintoretto’s “Il Paradiso”, which measures about 150 square meters (1,600 sq ft), restorer Alberto Marcone traces the surface inch by inch, the deteriorated parts Point out those that will require intervention or restoration.

The information will subsequently be incorporated into a database that will help the team not only to decide where it is necessary to intervene with smaller operations or where a larger conservation effort is needed, but also to monitor the state of conservation of the work throughout the year. Also weather for.

Across the room, another restorer works on an elaborate frieze that encircles the ceiling, dusting paint, looking for peeling paint and deterioration. In room ten nearby, a restorer carefully injects glue into the gilded woodwork to keep it from tarnishing.

The project’s director, architect Arianna Abate, points out that a project that makes art monitoring an absolute priority, devoting considerable time and money to it, is almost unheard of. This “preventive conservation” could be “the new frontier of conservation”, he says, as he stands on the scaffolding next to “Il Paradiso”.

Abate says his main work is visual and tactile, but also includes observation with magneto-material, endoscopic, photographic and multispectral techniques.

In some cases, the deterioration is so severe that immediate intervention is necessary, so the team has set up a temporary studio in the Doge’s private chapel, where restorers can work on each painting.

Once the work is complete, other groups, such as the American non-profit organization Save Venice, will help finance any restoration deemed necessary.

Venice’s damp and salt water, a 1,600-year-old city built on a lagoon with its ancient palaces connected by a canal, is particularly damaging to architecture and works of art. The Doge’s Palace is located at the edge of St Mark’s Square, facing the lagoon, with a canal running alongside it.

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