Dusting the Sistine

On  the 19th of November, 2013 the restoration team from the Vatican Museums’ Painting Restoration Laboratory commenced conservational work on one of the most prized jewels of the Vatican: the Sistine Chapel.  The prime focus of their work is the dusting and careful conservation of the side frescoes, which were painted at the end of the XV Century by the some of the most famous painters of all time, including Perugino and Botticelli. These fantastic masterpieces were already restored for the 2000 Jubilee thanks to the generosity of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. However, due to the thousands of people who come to marvel at this treasure each day, constant conservation and upkeep is vital. In the images below you can see Marco Pratelli and Fabio Piacentini, who supervised the entire restoration team, braving the heights to carefully examine the completed conservation work.