Newsletter n.28 Art Masterpieces preservation . Aug 2018
The environments in which important masterpieces (e.g. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci in Milan,) should be regularly monitored to evaluate the microbial contamination of indoor air that can be contaminated by the visitors. “Visitors are the first origin of microbial contamination in a closed environment”.
The reported masterpieces (Last Supper, Atlantic Codex, La Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci, Sistine Chappel by Michelangelo in Vatican, La Stanza degli Sposi by Andrea Mantegna in Mantova) were monitored using the active air samplers like TRIO.BAS.
The reported SOP is the result of such experience to help the staff of museum or art gallery to sample the indoor air where the masterpieces are included and visited by large number of tourists.
The test should be performed at regular intervals (e.g. every week at the beginning and monthly after 6 months, always in the same conditions) to evaluate the” trend of contamination”. When the trend is going up corrective action should be implemented (e.g. air disinfection, reduction of number of visitors).
You should promote this Note and TRIO.BAS air samplers to the Museum, Art Gallery Directors of your Country to underline the risk of microbial contamination and related prevention:
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.
I wish you a nice week.