Our colleagues at American Friends of Chartres (AFC) have posted an interesting article on the restoration of the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres by AFC Trustee Craig Kuehl. The article includes photographs on some of the restoration work that is proceeding on the stained glass windows of Bay 140, AFC’s current project.
The first photograph above shows the before/after state of a section of the window that was used for a test-cleaning. The second photo below gives a hint at the enormity of the challenges faced by the stained glass restoration specialist Claire Babet and her team as the windows arrive for processing.
The artisans of Claire BABET Vitraux must disassemble the entire window, clean and process each individual piece of glass, and then remount the ensemble to its original form.
These photos and this article are an excellent introduction to the nature of the work being done to preserve and restore the treasures of the cathedral. We’ll try to keep you posted on the work as American Friends of Chartres helps Bay 140 comes back to brilliant life.