The Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation to support the Donatello project as a partner
The project "Donatello and other Renaissance masters: research and conservation", which includes 57 artworks of marble, ceramics and bronze seriously damaged during the explosions and fire in the bunker Friedrichshain Park in the last days of World War II, is getting a new partner: the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.
The general secretary of the Foundation, Dr. Martin Hoernes, visited Moscow on April 25, together with the director of the Sculpture collection and the Museum of Byzantine Art at the Bode Museum Julien Chapuis, and the curator of the Museum of Prehistory and Early History in Berlin Manfred Nawrot. The reason behind the visit was the completion of the conservation of several works selected for the project.
The various and heavy damages of the pieces require a comprehensive approach and thorough research by experts in various fields of conservation, which is the main challenge of the Donatello project, as they call it at the Pushkin State Museum. The Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung's support will help the conservators in this difficult task.
The two bronze statues restored within the project, as well as their plaster copies, have recently become part of the permanent exhibition of the museum.