Art Museum Again Unveils Masterpiece

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– Moving masterpieces is difficult. It’s even more difficult if you’re 13.5 feet x 22.1 feet and weigh 1,225 pounds. This is the size of the “Baptism of Christ” by the Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens (1605), the jewel of the crown of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. AP reported that the painting was removed from storage on Tuesday prior to the reopening of the museum after more than a decade of refurbishment. “We know exactly where each piece will be hung and where it will be placed,” said Museum President Carmen Willems. “Our own team of curators and restorers, along with experienced art transporters and art handlers, guarantees the successful completion of this delicate effort.”

After 11 years of closure for renovation work, the artwork reappears from its sleep. Initially scheduled for refurbishment in 2017, it took five years longer than planned. During that time, nearly 4,000 works of art traveled around the world, and inside the atelier worked on the restoration of more than 130 paintings and sculptures. On Tuesday, the first monumental Rubens was moved from the museum’s internal warehouse, a two-story, formerly nuclear bomb shelter, to a newly refurbished exhibition hall. Due to its size, the painting remained untouched during the refurbishment. It was lifted through a special trap built into the floor and lifted by the hands of a group of pulleys and professional art handlers.

The painting was facing the wall when it appeared inch by inch. Then it was pulled along a soft cloth by the scaffolding workers. The invited crowd was waiting for the painting to turn around. This is not the first time such a painting has emerged from a hiding place. Special trap and pulley systems were also used to hide large works of art from predators during World War II. When the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp reopens in September, centuries-old works of art blend into a more modern and sophisticated interior, a newly upgraded temperature-controlled environment, and an overall brighter, cleaner space. increase. Works that do not constitute an exhibition at the museum will be accessible from the Digital Collection Catalog on the website.

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