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There is no real future without preserving our history and our culture. ~ Dan Tarnoveanu
Patrunsa Church
Patrunsa Monastery
Vilcea County, Romania

Located in Vilcea County, Romania, the Patrunsa Church was part of the small hermitage.  It was built in the latter part of the 18th Century.  The interior of the church was decorated with post Byzantine style figurative and decorative frescoes.  They were executed by painting on wet lime plaster that has been reinforced with organic fibers such as, hemp and horse hair.

Dan Tarnoveanu, working under the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate, led the conservation team, who performed the restoration of the  church in 1986.


Restoration consisted of: 

  • Consolidation of the lime plaster layers that had become detached from the masonry walls and filling the missing areas of plaster support with lime plaster compound.
  • Consolidation of flaking and delaminating paint
  • Cleaning

This restoration, which started and completed in 1986, was a fast intervention project.  It's main objective was to save the frescoes from further deterioration by consolidating the frescoes.  No inpainting (reintegration of the image) was performed at that time.



DURING CONSOLIDATION



AFTER CONSOLIDATION

       

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