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Panel of experts recruited to find ways to conserve Sistine Chapel frescoes

September 08, 2010

The director of the Sistine Chapel has set up a panel of international experts to propose methods of conserving the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, without restricting access for tourists.

Antonio Paollucci, who warned earlier this month that the heavy traffic through the Sistine Chapel could pose long-term threats to the priceless artwork, emphasized that the Vatican Museums had never contemplated placing restrictions on the number of visitors. The challenge, he said, is to find ways to prevent heat, dust, and moisture from damaging the frescoes. He added that there is no immediate danger, but action is needed in order “to conserve the Sistine Chapel in acceptable conditions for future generations.”


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