Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Bank of America - Merril Lynch
INTRODUCTION Tintoretto’s The Paradise, a “live” restoration
In partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch The project to conserve Tintoretto’s The Paradise involves the painting’s complete restoration, in the light of the deterioration that it has suffered over the years. The Paradise is one of the works that the artist produced as part of a competition to decorate the Sala del Maggior Consiglio in the Doge’s Palace, Venice.

In addition to the important work undertaken by the Museum’s Restoration team, ranging from preliminary sample analysis to direct intervention on the painting, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has also set out to involve visitors over the course of the entire process process in a direct manner. For the first time in Spain, and in conjunction with the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum’s 20th Anniversary, the restorers will carry out their activities in full view of the public, from the initial phase of establishing the overall project strategy, to the checking, cleaning and restoration of the work. The result will be to reveal the secrets that lie behind these procedures and to show the technical and artistic results in “real time”.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has funded the conservation of Tintoretto’s The Paradise through its global Art Conservation Project. This unique programme provides grants for the restoration of artworks, artefacts and architectural fragments that are significant to the cultural heritage of a country or region, and are important to the history of art. It aims to preserve artworks for the enjoyment and education of future generations around the world, and to strengthen public awareness about the vital role of art conservation.

“We have been doing business in Spain for over 50 years and so it is an honour for us to be able to help one of this country’s most renowned museums: the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, to preserve such an impressive and awe-inspiring painting,” said Rena DeSisto, Global Arts and Culture executive at Bank of America. “As a company with employees and clients in more than 100 markets around the world, we learn every day that mutual understanding and respect are essential for economies and societies to thrive. We believe that understanding cultures through the arts is an important foundation for promoting innovation and tolerance in an increasingly integrated world. Our Art Conservation Project makes real investments in the cultural treasures of many nations and at the same time helps museums with the growing cost of art conservation.”
Conservators working on Quianlong Buddhist Canon woodblocks, Capital Museum, Beijing Bank of America - Merril Lynch