00.00! Until now, restoring paintings consisted of making them seem new again. But today restoration means discovering unknown aspects of a painting, engaging in a dialogue with the artist across time, and applying the latest scientific techniques.
00.16" Ubaldo Sedano, Head of Restoration at the Thyssen Museum. Restoration and conservation have taken giant steps in recent years. A wide range of scientific technologies have been incorporated and we have specialized laboratories to compare the results of each treatment. Nowadays, restoring art is mostly a scientific discipline.
00.36" The Thyssen Museum is restoring “Paradise”, by Tintoretto, one of the artist’s key works and also one of the jewels of the Museum’s permanent collections. And this work is done right in front of the public, while the process is explained in video and in a didactic exhibition.
00.56" Ubaldo Sedano (partially covered): This is a live performance. The public will be able to watch how treatments evolve, and we contextualize that performance with multimedia that explains the purpose of each treatment, why they are done and what data they provide about the painting and the artist.
01.13" The art museum thus turns into a science museum: chromatography, digital imaging and a meticulous analysis of all the elements in the painting help reveal the artist’s genius. The public is fascinated to be able to share such an intimate moment in the life of a museum; something that used to happen in the back office and now takes place under the spotlight.
1.40" We discover, for instance, that Tintoretto doubted, corrected and dressed up some of the holy characters that inhabit his Paradise; characters who in some cases were born naked in the painting and only later modestly covered up.
1.50" From July 10th to September 2nd, the Thyseen Museum of Madrid invites everyone to see and understand how restoring paintings is carried out today. The project is supported by Bank of America Merril Lynch, under its Global Project for the Conservation of Arts.
2.08" Rafael Ximenz de Embun, Private Banking Manager, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management: "We are a very big bank, with operations in more than 100 countries, and we know that to understand our clients, and their societies, supporting their art and culture is essential"
2.17" So one more reason –in case there were still not enough- to visit this summer the Thyssen Museum in Madrid. This year the museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary...
2.27" (over views of Edward Hopper exhibition) with a program of exhibitions and activitiesto make one forget about the beach and come for a rest among some of the masterpieces of art.