An article on the restoration of Notre Dame de Chartres


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.

Claire Babet explains the work to be done on Bay 140 (Photo by Craig Kuehl)

Claire Babet explains the work to be done on Bay 140 (Photo by Craig Kuehl)

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.

Chartres windows after arriving at Atelier Vitraux of Claire Babet (Photo by Craig Kuehl)

Chartres windows after arriving at Atelier Vitraux of Claire Babet (Photo by Craig Kuehl)

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.

Removing the lead lining  (Photo by Craig Kuehl)

Removing the lead lining (Photo by Craig Kuehl)

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.

2 responses to “An article on the restoration of Notre Dame de Chartres

  1. Thanks so much for this and the links. I keep wondering when the restoration will be complete, especially the nave. I am going to Germany in April 2016 but probably will not e able to get to Chartres. Maybe I’ll try for a trip to Chartres in 2017. Thanks again for all your work and insights.

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