April 9, 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — What the general public can squint at and admire from afar, an art restorer can enjoy from just inches away.
Perched on scaffolding and cleaning off centuries of soot under bright directional lights, the restorers’ privileged peek doesn’t come often or easily. Full-scale restoration projects are expensive and complex, happening in some instances every 100 years, like the project underway at Rome’s Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs.
With the help of private donors and the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, the Vatican Museums have been overseeing a 15-year-long restoration of the sanctuary, which houses stairs that, according to tradition, are the ones Jesus climbed when Pontius Pilate brought him before the crowd and handed him over to be crucified.