Cracow. Maintenance of the altar

Cracow. Maintenance of the altar.
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Full title: Krakow operator’s report. Maintenance of the altar.
Release Date: 1949-04-13
Duration: 01:11
Subject Categories: society, culture and arts
About the film

Conservators during renovations working on sculptures from the altar made by Veit Stoss.

Supervisor: Borzechowa Olga
Director of Photography: Makarewicz Henryk
Subject Number: 6
Object: An altarpiece by Veit Stoss
Time: 1949
Rights: WFDiF
Sound: mono
Frame Size: 4:3
Colour system: black and white
Sequence description
00:00:29:12Conservator injects preservation emulsion into the wood.
00:00:06:12Sculptures from the altar by Veit Stoss.
00:00:00:00Inscription: " Krakow operator’s report ". Conservators at work.
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Inside the conservators’ studio in Wawel renovation works on the altar by Veit Stoss are being carried out. Nearly five thousand parts of the triptych were placed in several rooms. The most outstanding Polish conservators patiently repair the damage and restore the original shape of the sculptures and their colour. The linden tree, which Stoss used for the sculpture is about a thousand years old. To strengthen the wood and to kill the bark beetle, a special liquid is injected into holes. It is a tedious job as there are many little holes. After the injection, every hole has to be carefully sealed. The work is carried out under the supervision of Professor Słonecki, and being in the final stages the great artwork of Veit Stoss will return to St Mary's Church.

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