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True Colors: The Damascus Room

Beginning in 2008, conservators and conservation scientists at The Metropolitan Museum of Art had the opportunity to conduct an in-depth study of the Damascus room. When the room was disassembled in order to be moved to a new gallery, the conservators were given a glimpse at previously hidden areas. Their groundbreaking research revealed that the room had originally been brightly colored but was later darkened by layers of varnish that had been applied in order to protect the surfaces.

This video is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Making the Invisible Visible: Conservation and Islamic Art, on view April 2 through August 4, 2013.

The exhibition is made possible by The Hagop Kevorkian Fund.

Collections, Islamic Art (64)

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