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Ce.Pa.C. in Forlì restores a famous 16th century Persian collection of poems


The Centro per la Patologia e la Conservazione del Libro e del Documento (Ce.Pa.C. - Centre for the Pathology and Preservation of Books and Documents), deals in preservative restoration and conditioning of bibliographical, archival and graphic materials in Italy. Over the past few years it has dealt with codices and Indo-Persian miniatures belonging to Ethnologica, and is currently restoring and reinforcing a collection of poems by famous Persian poet Bābā Figānī Shirāzī (m. 925 Ḥ\ circa 1519). The Colophon reads: "This book has been completed … in the year 949 Ḥ\1542-1543”. The photo shows a detail of a miniature – taken from the text – before work on the codex began.
Taj Mahal: beauty treatment with clay packs and cleansing masks

Despite the Indian government's antipollution campaigns, the Taj Mahal is beginning to «yellow». Agra"s famous monument to love, celebrated by the poet Tagore as a «teardrop of marble glistening upon the cheek of time» risks losing its sheen. Alarm bells were set off by a report, presented to the Rajya Sabha (the Senate) by MP Sitaram Yechury, stating that the Taj Mahal «is turning yellow due to the deposition of Suspended Particle Matter (SPM)», or better the tiny particles of dust produced by exhaust gases and the polluting emissions of the industrial concerns of Agra. The special parliamentary committee has recommended preservative work be carried out aimed at «returning the shine of the marble of the mausoleum to its former glory». The treatment: clay packs and cleansing masks. In 2002, Indian archaeologists discovered that an ancient formula for a beauty mask containing Multani Mitti (mud of Multan), lime, milk and cereals, was particularly effective for «absorbing» the nitrates and sulphates left by atmospheric pollution. The treatment, still used by Indian ladies today as a cleanser for the face, consists in smearing the mask on the marble and rinsing it off with warm water 24 hours later. This technique has attracted the attention of international restoration and preservation experts, amongst which some Italians who arrived in Agra in order to observe the application of the preparation and, possibly, import it to Italy.

16th May 2007 - Corriere della Sera 

Restoration of the Palatina Chapel

Restoration work on the Palatina Chapel, Norman jewel built as of 1132, has reached its first target - the valuable wooden ceiling painted by Arab and Christian workers using natural earths. The work has made it possible to remove the thick dark patina from the muqarnas.

March 2008 - Il Giornale dell'Arte
Restoration work begun on the Samarra mosque

Restoration work on the mosque of Samarra (Iraq) began in February with the participation of UNESCO. The mosque was damaged a year ago by an attack attributed to Al Qaida. Around sixty Iraqi workers started the work of recovering the gold tesserae and the mosaics of the cupola of the mosque, which houses the remains of two due Imam Shiites of the 9th century.

March 2008 - Il Giornale dell"Arte
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