Monday, 20 April 2015

Restoration Sogdian Hunting Scene and other projects in Hermitage/ St Petersburg

These two videos were prepared for the temporary exhibition from 29.10.2014- 1.3.2015 in the Hermitage in St Petersburg, called  "Restoration of the Hermitage. Looking through the Prism of Time" and introduces the work of one of the museum's restoration laboratories.

The first video is about the work restorers from The Laboratory of Scientific Restoration of monumental Painting and shows a.o. details of the restoration of the highly artistic wall painting- "Hunting Scene" (Sogdian Panjakent, 6th Century).

The second video is from  the Laboratory of Scientific Restoration of Oriental Paintings. This department always paid great attention to the collection of Buddhist tangkas and art from the ancient cities of Khara-Khoto, Turfan and Dunhuang. They include tangka ‘Vajravarahi’ (Central Asia, Khara-Khoto, 14th century), the Buddhist tangka ‘White Tara’ (Tibet, 17th century). Experts faced complicated tasks when working on the screen ‘Minamoto-no Yorimitsu with Vassals Returning to Capital After Victory over Demons’ (by artist Kano Kosyun, Japan, 17th century), a Chinese roll from the 17th century – ‘Mountain Landscape’ – and ‘Calendar-Palalintangan’, one of the exhibits from the Hermitage collection of glue painting from the island of Bali. 

The soothing music is from J.S> Bach: "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639" and is played on piano by Alfred Brendel

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