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Historical Building Restoration (04:31)


Governmental and state buildings are important to the history of a nation. The Spanish National Trust maintains palaces and the collections of artworks within them. Some palace rooms are restored for historical value, while others are restored for governmental uses.

Palace Restoration Studios (01:32)

Palace items and furniture must be restored using historical methods, many of which have been passed down through generations. Modern techniques, such as ultrasound cleaning, are used for palace items.

Royal Armory Restoration (01:40)

Weapons have important historical value. Each piece has unique mechanisms and must be carefully restored using different methods.

Royal Furniture Restoration (03:09)

The joinery and upholstery department handles the restoration of palace furniture. They conducte necessary repairs to keep the furniture in good condition. Numerous pieces have gilded surfaces, which are restored using traditional techniques.

Ceramic and Metals Restoration (01:52)

In addition to ceramic pieces, numerous walls in the palace are decorated with ceramics. Displays holding relics of saints are made of precious metals such as gold.

Clock and Art Restoration (03:10)

The hundreds of clocks within the palace must be restored and maintained carefully. Each has delicate, precise movements that serve differing functions. The Spanish National Trust has a painting studio that handles the restoration of all paintings within the royal palaces.

El Escorial Library and Monastery (04:44)

The library was the center of Spanish thought during their period of exploration. The National Trust is responsible for the conservation of the library and neighboring monastery. Both buildings contain numerous religious frescoes.

El Escorial Restoration (06:25)

In addition to the artwork inside, the buildings must be restored. Tapestries in the Hall of Battles have undergone numerous restorations since the 17th century.

Cathedral Restoration (05:30)

The cathedral in Burgos was built in the 13th century. Restoration efforts work to fix natural deterioration. The cathedral is covered in detailed stonework and sculptures.

Photometrics (05:13)

Photometrics is used to restore stonework on lavishly decorated structures, like the cathedral in Burgos. It helps map out and precisely plan restoration methods.

Altar Restoration (08:36)

The cathedral's altar includes numerous works of art for restoration. Copies are made of difficult to see pieces for public exhibition.

Credits: Scenes of History - The Art of Preserving Art (00:56)

Credits: Scenes of History - The Art of Preserving Art

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Great buildings are man’s creative expression on a national scale. The diversity of materials and objects that restorers must work with requires specialists who understand technologies and manufacturing processes that became obsolete a long time ago. From gilders applying thin layers of gold leaf to cabinets makers and textile workshops that restore palace furniture to craftsmen and artists who restore ceramics, paintings, and frescos, we explore the diversity of techniques and processes needed to restore palaces, monasteries, and cathedrals.

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL169049

ISBN: 978-1-64481-764-3

Copyright date: ©2009

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