Monday 16 March 2015

Pompeii's Villa of the Mysteries reopens

Pompeii's biggest house, the Villa of the Mysteries, is set to reopen in its entirety on March 20, following nearly two years of restoration work that began in May 2013.

The restoration was conducted in lots so that parts of the Villa were still open to the public throughout the restoration process.

The recent restoration work, which involved 70 rooms of the Villa, corrected some of the damage inflicted by previous restoration techniques that were found to be harmful to the Villa's frescoes over the years.

In work done during the 1930s, wax was applied to preserve the frescoes, but ultimately faded the colours, something that was corrected using techniques to first identify the nature of the chromatic alterations and other damage over time and then perform restorations.

In addition to work done to restore the Villa's frescoes, work was also done to clean the intricate mosaic floor decorations.

See full article on the Archaeology News Network
See Villa dei Misteri on pompeiiinpictures

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