An arts restoration centre in Moscow has gained an international reputation for its work.
1. GVs EXTERIOR Arts building. (2 SHOTS) 0.14
2. SV PULL BACK GV Religious painting on wall. Technicians in foreground. 0.37
3. CU PULL BACK SV Technicians at work on restoring ancient canvas. (6 SHOTS) 1.33
4. TOP VIEW Officer prepares painting for X-rays. (2 SHOTS) 1.58
5. SV Technicians examine X-rays. 2.08
6. SVs Examples of restored religious icons. (3 SHOTS) 2.45
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Background: MOSCOW, USSR
An arts restoration centre in Moscow has gained an international reputation for its work. Experts at the 40-year-old centre restore religious icons and paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries. They have travelled to France, Canada, Poland, Rumania and Algeria to talk and demonstrate their work. Advice has been given on the restoration of priceless Renaissance works damaged in floods in Florence and Venice in Italy. The technicians studied the pieces for several weeks in Moscow before commencing work, and not just on paintings. They also dealt with sculptures, drawings and pieces of walls. Before work was started, technical scientific advice was taken from all fields, including chemistry, physics and biology. One of the more modern scientific aids which the scientists and art historians used was X-rays, as well as ultra-violet and infra-red beams from opposite ends of the light spectrum. These beams enabled the restorers to see the works in a way that the human eye could not. The use of the latest technology has helped establish the reputation of the centre, and brought the colour and life back to works of art, which ranged between three and five hundred years old.
Source: SOVIET TELEVISION