Italian Frescoes Get Much-needed Facelift

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Restorations will begin on the frescoes in the Carracci Gallery in the Farnese Palace, home to the French Embassy in Italy, thanks to the World Monuments Fund Europe and Italian Ministry of Culture. (Feb. 27)

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Rome - February 26, 2014

1. Tight man looking at the Carracci Gallery frescoes on the ceiling

2. Tight cracks in fresco

3. Mid pull focus from candles to visitors looking at the frescoes on the ceiling

4. Wide pan of frescoes

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Erkki Maillard, Deputy Ambassador at the French Embassy (Transcript Below)

6. Various of frescoes with cracks in them

7. Mid low angle of visitors looking at frescoes on the walls and ceiling

8. Mid pan of frescoes

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Erkki Maillard, Deputy Ambassador at the French Embassy (Transcript Below)

++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED WITH B-ROLL++

10. Wide cracks in frescoes

11. Wide visitors leaving Gallery

12. Wide tilt down from the ceiling of frescoes to a door closing

13. Mid fresco with crack in it

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

SOME OF THE FRESCOES IN ONE OF ROME'S MOST STUNNING RENAISSANCE PALACES ARE GETTING A MUCH NEEDED FACELIFT.

THE CARRACCI GALLERY IS LOCATED IN THE FARNESE PALACE, WHICH SERVES MULTIPLE PURPOSES AS HOME TO THE FRENCH EMBASSY.

SOUNDBITE (English) Erkki Maillard, Deputy Ambassador at the French Embassy:

"We receive here more than 10,000 people every year to diffuse the French culture, French ideas, but it's also a place where we organize events and conferences."

BESIDES CLEANING, THE RESTORATION WILL REPAIR CRACKS AND WATER DAMAGE.

AND WITH FRANCE FACING PRESSURE FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION TO CONTROL PUBLIC FINANCES, FRENCH OFFICIALS PROMISED THE WORK WILL BE AT ZERO COST TO FRENCH TAXPAYERS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Erkki Maillard, Deputy Ambassador at the French Embassy:

"The renovation of this gallery is like renovating our own Sistine Chapel. Thanks to the support of the World Monument Fund and the cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Culture, we will have a new gallery and a new place to receive the Italian public."

THE GALLERY WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL LATE SPRING 2015, BUT PORTIONS OF THE PALACE WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR TOURISTS.

MATTHEW BURGOYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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