Cartoons for Mosaics in St. Peter’s Basilica: Miriam Dancing Successful

Cartoons for Mosaics in St. Peter’s Basilica: Miriam Dancing

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Pledged in 2014 (Donor(s): Cynthia Piech and Robert Piech)

This cartoon was designed as a model for the mosaic of one of the figures in the semilunetta, east of the vestibule of the chapel. Miriam the prophetess, sister of Moses and Aaron, dances to thank the Lord for allowing the Israelites to cross the Red Sea. Miriam, together with all the other women in the choir, dances to the sound of the drum accompanying the song of triumph of her brother Moses (Exodus 15: 1-18), who has been called the Magnificat of the Exodus. Seized by joy, the prophetess moves her body to the rhythm of the music.

State of Preservation:

These works are in precarious condition. The surfaces are dirty and show areas of oxidation of the substrate. Several tears are present and some swelling and deformation is apparent.

Restoration Process Includes:

  • GRS research
  • Proper cleaning
  • Fixing of the tears
  • Fixing of the gaps with Japanese paper
  • Reinforcement of borders
  • Final touch-up painting
  • Photographic documentation

Read more about this cartoon and it’s restoration needs.