Frieze of Prophets, detail

Cleaning goals

The goals for cleaning the Sargent murals include removing dust, accumulated grime, and previous restoration materials, such as wax, while preserving what remains of the original surface. The 2003 treatment will also strive to leave behind a paint surface that is less likely to attract and hold onto grime. The delicate and variable nature of the painted surfaces requires treatment methods to be evaluated and adapted throughout the restoration process.
Frieze of Prophets, detail showing cleaning window done during 1999 examination (1999 photo)
The Triumph of Religion