Andrei Rublev's Frescoes in the Cathedral of the Assumption in Vladimir Can Now Be Seen in Detail


It is now possible to see in details the famous frescos of 15th century work of Venerable Andrey Rublev in Dormition cathedral of Vladimir, thanks to the modern lighting equipment established there.

The first lighting equipment was installed in the Dormition cathedral back in the early 2000s, but now it has been replaced by the latest, reports Тhe Art News Paper with reference to the press service of the State Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve.

Both the staff of the museum-reserve and specialists from Moscow were involved in the installation of the new equipment.

It is noted that the choice and installation of lighting equipment is complicated by the fact that the illumination of ancient frescoes should not exceed 50 lux, and the influence of ultraviolet and infrared spectra should be minimal. Violation of these standards can lead to burnout of the pigment on the frescoes.

"A concerted effort was made to achieve uniform illumination of the frescoes in order to completely eliminate the so-called dark zones," the museum said in a statement.

In addition to the frescoes by St. Andrei Rublev, visitors can now see "fragments of ornamental painting, which has survived since the 12th century in the northern gallery of the temple, and elements of the decoration of the arcature-columnar belt of the first temple, before its rebuilding after the fire".

It is specified that the lighting equipment installed in the 2000s was partially replaced after some time with the help of sponsors, but it was impossible to achieve ideal lighting for a long time.  

In 2021, the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum Reserve used its own funds to purchase and replace the equipment with a modern one - LED, which meets the new requirements and State Standards.

Source: (Russian)

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