The centuries-old existence of a people and its cherished relics on the fresco walls have seen times both trying and rewarding. We are blessed to have been both witnesses and agents to a transformation whereby the countenance of our Holy Father, St. Sava, shines with a renewed glow and brilliance, as do those of all the Nemanjic statesmen.

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Restoration of frescoes of the founders of Serbian Christianity
Final professional report

The centuries-old existence of a people and its cherished relics on the fresco walls have seen times both trying and rewarding. We are blessed to have been both witnesses and agents to a transformation whereby the countenance of our Holy Father, St. Sava, shines with a renewed glow and brilliance, as do those of all the Nemanjic statesmen.

It is a distinct pleasure to claim that such an important task has been brought to a successful completion, while realizing we are a rare generation empowered to see images of the holy dynasts as they appeared at the time these sacred walls were first painted.

Though less in scope, the subtask of conservation of critical fresco portions has been also completed as planned. Fundamentally, the potential erosion of the vulnerable material has been arrested and checked. The most sensitive structural parts have been strengthened, and the encrusted surface deposits of various origins removed. The cleaning allowed the color palette to restore its original values, and some presentation solutions have been replaced by more appropriate alternatives. Furthermore, this project also opened some new theoretical issues in the domain of fresco restoration and conservation, serving in the process as both a vehicle for students' academic advancement and a springboard for expanded future work.

A sincere love of treasures transcending the divide between spiritual and material, coupled with a professional attitude and exemplary teamwork - together all brought this project to fruition, along with the understanding that a worthwhile task was performed not only to the benefit of the Serbian national heritage , but to the enrichment of world civilization alike.

[ Shown on the left are details from the monastic robes of St. Simeon the Myrrhflowing, now visible for the first time in centuries, following the removal of encrusted surface deposits.]


 

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