The cover image that accompanies this note is of our own authorship and is one of the most distinguished we have, as it is a milestone and a source of pride for our company.
In the image an intervention takes place on a pictorial work in the Museo Nacional del Prado, specifically in the painting restoration department. The works are being carried out under the light of one of our restoration luminaires, which is the black equipment that appears in the background.
In the background behind the window, we can appreciate one of the facades of one of the two patios of the Villanueva Building of the Prado Museum, which gives the image great aesthetic beauty.
The intervention was carried out after an exhaustive study of the client’s needs, developing customized equipment to adapt to the current needs and facilities of the department.
The discarded equipment was mercury vapor, and had good quality lamps, although significantly inferior to the new LED equipment with which they were replaced.
Until that moment, the restoration department technicians had a light whose chromatic quality was lower than that existing in the room.
In the dynamic image below these lines you can see the difference in the spectral composition of the previously existing source and the new one, the latter with superior chromatic characteristics that give it its continuous spectrum shape.
Our luminaires for art restoration are the only ones on the market designed specifically for this purpose, and unlike other options, they do not only address the color rendering index, but also other aspects such as flickering of the sources, glare, and adequate color temperature, fundamental factors if the ergonomic needs of the worker are to be met, and to provide them with the best possible visual comfort.
These characteristics mean that the interventions carried out under our luminaires are conservative with a fresher and more rested vision, significantly increasing the productivity and precision of their important work.
The restoration department of the National Prado Museum not only intervenes in its own funds, but also provides services to other institutions that do not have their own restoration departments, or whose resources and/or personnel are not sufficiently prepared to restore paintings whose value could be incalculable.
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