The city of Florence has opened an exhibit of restored Renaissance art treasures which were seriously damaged during the disastrous flood of 1966.
GV PAN FROM Arno River to buildings
GV PAN FROM Piazza della Signoria to statues of David and Hercules (2 shots)
Flash back to 1966 GV Piazza della Signoria filled with mud
SV Rubble in streets
SV Bulldozer pushing mud
GV People sorting through rubble
SV Woman cleaning mud from armour
GV INT. papers and books saved from flood
GV PAN rubble in square
SV Museum pieces on pavement
GV EXT. Baptistery doors
SCU Baptistery doors after restoration
GV Exhibition pavilion
SV INT. people in hall
LV & CU "Crucifix" (2 shots)
SV PAN ALONG TO paintings transferred to glass
ZOOM INTO CU of "Deposition" restored (3 shots)
SV "Madonna With Child"
CU Photograph of restoration technician
CU of another Madonna painting
GV Man looking at second Madonna
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Background: The city of Florence has opened an exhibit of restored Renaissance art treasures which were seriously damaged during the disastrous flood of 1966.
The exhibit, which opened in March, is being held to show how much progress has been achieved in restoring the Florentine masterpieces to their original beauty. A second purpose is to demonstrate the techniques used int he restoration process itself.
In the time since the River Arno broke its banks and sent tons of mud and debris into the city's many art galleries, Florence has received assistance from the international art world. Much of the aid was financial, but in may cases it consisted of technical help from art restoration experts who came to Florence from all over the world.
The exhibit is on display in the Fortezza Da Basso, a restoration laboratory which has been in operation for the past 40 years. Despite its long background in work of this kind, the laboratory's restoration methods have advanced dramatically in the seven years since the flood. As a result, many of the damaged masterpieces have been saved from becoming total losses.