At the All-Union Research Laboratory in Moscow, sophisticated machinery is now in use to help restore and conserve works of art.
GV Restorer examines Icon, and places it on easel and goes to control equipment
CU Television monitors screen
SV and CU Icons restored by exfoliation method (3 shots)
CU 19th century Icon (3 shots)
CU SV Three apostles with details of face (3 shots)
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Background: At the All-Union Research Laboratory in Moscow, sophisticated machinery is now in use to help restore and conserve works of art.
Various ray machines, involving ultra-violet, infra-red and x-Rays, and also the process of exfoliation helps reveal the original layer, yet preserving the image of the top layer.
Recently restorers uncovered, under a layer of paint put on in the 19th century, an image of the Metropolitan Alexi, dated 1577. This icon is one of the few remaining painted by David Sirakh, who was renowned for his work in the 16th century.
Icons are religious paintings which came into their own late in the 15th century-partly because of the lack of richer materials, but mainly because of the growth of new ideas in art and thought.
Currently restorers at the laboratory are working on one of the unique works in the late Gothic style--the Altar of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Tallinn. The painter is Berit Notke of Lubek, Germany. The alter is dated 1483 and the restorers hope to reveal the original work by Notke. That's currently covered with two layers of paint dating back to the 18th centuries.