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13th century frescoes recreated using lights


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St Albans Cathedral, located north of London, is recognized as the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. The large cathedral dates back to the 11th century and during the Middle Ages it featured several paintings throughout the building.

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However, during the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, many of these images were limewashed and covered up, as church authorities rejected their display as promoting idolatry.

In 1862 several paintings were rediscovered on the nave pillars of the cathedral, but were heavily damaged. It was not until 2019 that people could see what they would have looked like, as a special project using light projection helped to recreate the images. In the video below, you can see how an image of Thomas Becket is restored:

To ensure accuracy, measurements and high-resolution photographs were taken of the artworks to help discover their original colours. During this process, they learned that while many of the paintings’ colours came from plant sources, the artists also used more precious materials, including gold leaf, malachite and lapis lazuli.

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It took 18 months to create the light projections, which are beamed from special cameras mounted high up along the walls of the nave. This light projection was part of a £7 million project to help restore and transform St Albans Cathedral.

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Over a thousand donors helped fundraise £3 million, while the Heritage Lottery Fund contributed another £3.9 million.

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Source - https://www.medievalists.net/2022/11/medieval-paitings-st-albans-cathedral/

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That's a pretty neat and interesting way to "restore" old art without actually touching the originals :0

It can avoid situations like the old lady who tried to paint over Jesus :sweat:

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