About History – Conservation of the Gelati Frescos

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Gelati (Georgian: გელათის მონასტერი) is a monastic complex near the city of Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia. The Monastery is among the most important cultural landmarks of Georgia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex contains the Church of the Virgin founded by David the Builder (Georgian: დავით აღმაშენებელი) in 1106, and the 13th-century churches of St George and St Nicholas.

Church of the Virgin at Gelati monastic complex Church of the Virgin at Gelati monastic complex

The frescos of the Church of the Virgin are considered to be unique, as they display the entire history and most important stages of Georgian ecclesiastic mural paintings. A fresco is a painting done rapidly in water color on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling, so that the colors penetrate the plaster and become fixed as it dries.

Frescos at the Church of the Virgin at Gelati Frescos at the Church of the Virgin at Gelati

Unfortunately, this type of painting is susceptible to climate fluctuation…

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