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  • the Sistine Chapel is getting a checkup for a whole month each year, from 5 30 to midnight, when all the tourists are gone, a team from the Vatican comes in to clean it, check for damage and report on the health of some of the world's most treasured art.

  • It's a painstaking process.

  • Scaffolding must be erected and taken down each night and cannot be attached to the walls to avoid damaging the paintings.

  • One of the biggest problems of the Sistine Chapel is humidity.

  • 25,000 visitors a day pose a risk for the paintings.

  • You know our bodies are made of water, so when we visit the system chapel, we bring in humidity and we hit.

  • Everybody hit the environment like a bulb.

  • You say 80 watt bulb humidity causes condensation and a veil of salt forms on the famous frescoes painted in the 14 and 15 hundreds, which damages the color and the plaster it's painted on.

  • A laborious technique brushing distilled water onto thin Japanese paper removes the salt layer to combat humidity.

  • There are 30 hidden sensors measuring temperature, air circulation and number of visitors in the chapel.

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  • Victoria Tamino, the Vatican's conservationist monitors the air quality in the chapel through the temperature must be between 22 to 24 degrees Celsius.

  • Humidity must be medium high.

  • They are very precise markers, and we have to verify that the system respects them.

  • The frescoes in this chapel are over 500 years old now.

  • Back then, there was no artificial lighting.

  • The only light that came in was daylight through these upper windows and, of course, being the pope's private chapel.

  • Far fewer people came through here as well, so cleaning and restoration wasn't really a priority then.

  • Today, with new technology and lighting, not only is there better cleaning, but it has revealed to restores the original colors used by Michelangelo.

  • The world was shocked after a cleaning and restoration in the nineties to discover that Michelangelo actually used vivid greens, purples and reds because for centuries it was assumed that he painted in dark, subdued tones.

  • But that was on Lee the accumulation of dirt and grind.

  • The next time you're in the Sistine Chapel, look out for this little black marks, squares and triangles on some of the paintings they're called witnesses.

  • Deliberately left is evidence for future restores to give an idea of just how dark the paintings were before.

  • To make sure the color stay vibrant, a color team measures any changes to tone by taking pictures of the frescoes with a multi wavelength camera, which is then analyzed by a computer.

  • Dr Fabio Morrissey is in charge of color analysis.

  • Waken see the color of every single pixel and compare it throughout the years.

  • It's important because we can detect any changes even before they are visible to the human eye.

  • A behind the scenes labor of love so that the past may continue to brighten our future.

  • Delia Gallagher, CNN Round.

the Sistine Chapel is getting a checkup for a whole month each year, from 5 30 to midnight, when all the tourists are gone, a team from the Vatican comes in to clean it, check for damage and report on the health of some of the world's most treasured art.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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