Ancient Egyptian Paintings May Be Restored
by Ancient Pigments Recreated in Italian Lab
June 7, 2007 - Efforts to conserve ancient Egyptian paintings
have been hit or miss until now. Art conservators, however, have
finally learned the secret to effective restoration of such ancient
Egyptian paintings. The ancient colors used in ancient Egyptian
wall paintings are being recreated in a modern lab in Italy. Art
restorers say they have learned how to preserve the ancient
artifacts whose colors have faded.
Ancient Egyptian Paintings
in King Tut's Tomb
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Egyptian officials have given Trapani, Italy-based conservation
lab ISAD, permission to examine ancient Egyptian wall paintings'
fragments to explore their origins and to develop an understanding
of why their colors faded. Giuseppe Claudio Infranca of ISAD
explained that the pigments used in ancient Egyptian wall paintngs
appear to be derived from a variety of minerals, not from earth
colors which has always been assumed.
Pigments May Be Used to Restore Ancient Egyptian Paintings in
King Tut's Tomb
The colors used in ancient Egyptian paintings will be recreated
in the Italian National Research Council's lab in Padua. Infranca
said that the reconstructed pigments will then be taken to Egypt
where they will be applied to wall paintings in important
Egyptian tombs such as Tutankhamen, Ramses and Nefertiti.
Brenda Harness, Art Historian
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