The Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung has launched a large-scale conservation project that will focus on one of the collection’s most important works over the next few years.

The Rimini Altarpiece, one of the most comprehensive and best-preserved late medieval figural groups in alabaster, will undergo a range of conservation and restoration treatments, including state-of-the-art laser technology. An in-depth technical analysis of the artwork will also be carried out.

The Liebieghaus has acquired a special laser to ensure that the highly sensitive material can be cleaned as gently and effectively as possible, and has also been able to gain the support of the research laboratory of the Louvre in Paris which will assist in the precise analysis of the stone’s material composition. A special conservation studio has been set up for the project at the museum that is on view to visitors and will be complemented by an educational display explaining the ongoing work, an accompanying film and regular updates on the results of the analyses and conservation-restoration work that will be published on the Liebieghaus website, allowing the public to follow each step of the project firsthand. The project is set to run for three years and is supported by the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung. 
“It had long been a major concern of ours to dedicate a proper, in-depth research and restoration project to the Rimini Altarpiece in order to return this world-renowned masterpiece in our collection to its original state as much as is possible. I’m particularly delighted that we’ve been able to make the whole exciting process and the resulting insights directly accessible to the public on-site at the Liebieghaus,” says Philipp Demandt, director of the Liebieghaus.