SAINT GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA
Saint George Greek Orthodox Church was built in 1967, in a style that replicates the Greek churches from the Aegean Islands. The hemispheric dome above the central space of the church and the apse are decorated with oil on canvas ﬁgurative murals. The murals were executed in the artist’s studio and then attached to the plaster support. The background of the ﬁgurative murals was gilded with 24K gold leaf. The substrate of the gilded background was smooth gypsum plaster.
Due to a defective roof, the murals, the gilded areas, and their plaster support were damaged by inﬁltrating water. The dome and apse murals were restored; their background was regilded with 24K gold leaf.
RESTORATION CONSISTED OF:
- Repairing the plaster support
- Mending and reattaching the delaminated canvas sections to the plaster support
- Filling cracks, holes, and missing areas of paint
- Inpainting, using reversible painting materials
- Varnishing, using a reversible, non yellowing, and UV protective synthetic varnish