Paintings Conservation, Antigua, Guatemala
Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project Coordinator, Fayanne Hayes
Therese Charbonneau, Conservator Canada
Michelle Belloso, Conservator, Guatemala

Image: Templo de San Francisco el Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

The focus of this long range project is to restore a series of seven magnificent 18th century paintings contained within the Retablo of the Blessed Virgin Mary situated in the main chapel of El Templo de San Francisco El Grande. Over many decades the seven paintings have become severely darkened with soot due to the daily burning of candles and incense. Through a careful cleaning process each painting will be restored to its former beauty so that the community and visitors may view the Retablo as it was originally intended to be seen and appreciated.

El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, the oldest and most frequented Cathedral in Antigua, was built in the 16th Century. The city of Antigua is a designated World Heritage site.

This project has been made possible with special approval from the Archbishop of Guatemala, his Excellency, most Rev. Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Morales and Atilio Prandina Molón, Padre of Templo de San Francisco el Grande Santuario del Sto. Herman's Pedro and Norman Muñoz Urizar, Conservator of the City and José Maria Muñoz Alvarez, Conservator, National Council for the Protection of Antigua /Consejo Nacional para la Protección de Antigua Guatemala (CNPAG).

We are most grateful for professional guidance and assistance from esteemed paintings conservator, G. Theodore Nightwine, Father Celestino Gutierrez, of St. Jude Catholic Church, Sarasota, FL and Harriet F. Beaubien Head of Conservation / Senior Conservator (archaeomaterials) Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Marcia Ente, Graphic and video design and production and Jose Rafael Chicojay Diaz, Interpreter and project Assistant.

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Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: Retablo prior to restoration
Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: Before and After Restoration
Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: Preliminary meeting with Atillio Prandina, Padre of Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Rafael, interpreter, K.A. Zahn and Chusita,Templo de San Francisco staff
Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: K.A. Zahn performing initial surface tests

The focus of this long range project is to restore a series of seven magnificent 18th century paintings contained within the Retablo of the Blessed Virgin Mary situated in the main chapel of El Templo de San Francisco El Grande. Over many decades the seven paintings have become severely darkened with soot due to the daily burning of candles and incense. Through a careful cleaning process each painting will be restored to its former beauty so that the community and visitors may view the Retablo as it was originally intended to be seen and appreciated.

El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, the oldest and most frequented Cathedral in Antigua, was built in the 16th Century. The city of Antigua is a designated World Heritage site.

This project has been made possible with special approval from the Archbishop of Guatemala, his Excellency, most Rev. Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Morales and Atillio Prandina, Padre of Templo de San Francisco El Grande Santuario del Sto. Herman's Pedro and José Maria Munoz Alvarez, Director of the National Council for the Protection of Antigua /Consejo Nacional para la Protección de Antigua Guatemala (CNPAG).

We are most grateful for professional guidance and assistance from José Maria Munoz Alvarez of the CNPAG, esteemed paintings conservator, G. Theodore Nightwine, Father Celestino Gutierrez, of St. Jude Catholic Church, Sarasota, FL and Harriet F. Beaubien Head of Conservation / Senior Conservator (archaeomaterials) Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution.
Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: Fayanne Hayes and K.A.Zahn at work
Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: K.A. Zahn at work

The focus of this long range project is to restore a series of seven magnificent 18th century paintings contained within the Retablo of the Blessed Virgin Mary situated in the main chapel of El Templo de San Francisco El Grande. Over many decades the seven paintings have become severely darkened with soot due to the daily burning of candles and incense. Through a careful cleaning process each painting will be restored to its former beauty so that the community and visitors may view the Retablo as it was originally intended to be seen and appreciated.

El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, the oldest and most frequented Cathedral in Antigua, was built in the 16th Century. The city of Antigua is a designated World Heritage site.

This project has been made possible with special approval from the Archbishop of Guatemala, his Excellency, most Rev. Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Morales and Atillio Prandina, Padre of Templo de San Francisco El Grande Santuario del Sto. Herman's Pedro and José Maria Munoz Alvarez, Director of the National Council for the Protection of Antigua /Consejo Nacional para la Protección de Antigua Guatemala (CNPAG).

We are most grateful for professional guidance and assistance from José Maria Munoz Alvarez of the CNPAG, esteemed paintings conservator, G. Theodore Nightwine, Father Celestino Gutierrez, of St. Jude Catholic Church, Sarasota, FL and Harriet F. Beaubien Head of Conservation / Senior Conservator (archaeomaterials) Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution.

Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: Test area
Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: Test area

Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

Image: Preparing the painting for final varnish.
Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: José Maria Munoz Alvarez applying final varnish.


The focus of this long range project is to restore a series of seven magnificent 18th century paintings contained within the Retablo of the Blessed Virgin Mary situated in the main chapel of El Templo de San Francisco El Grande. Over many decades the seven paintings have become severely darkened with soot due to the daily burning of candles and incense. Through a careful cleaning process each painting will be restored to its former beauty so that the community and visitors may view the Retablo as it was originally intended to be seen and appreciated.

El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, the oldest and most frequented Cathedral in Antigua, was built in the 16th Century. The city of Antigua is a designated World Heritage site.

This project has been made possible with special approval from the Archbishop of Guatemala, his Excellency, most Rev. Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Morales and Atillio Prandina, Padre of Templo de San Francisco El Grande Santuario del Sto. Herman's Pedro and José Maria Munoz Alvarez, Director of the National Council for the Protection of Antigua /Consejo Nacional para la Protección de Antigua Guatemala (CNPAG).

We are most grateful for professional guidance and assistance from José Maria Munoz Alvarez of the CNPAG, esteemed paintings conservator, G. Theodore Nightwine, Father Celestino Gutierrez, of St. Jude Catholic Church, Sarasota, FL and Harriet F. Beaubien Head of Conservation / Senior Conservator (archaeomaterials) Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution.
Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes


This project has been made possible with special approval from the Archbishop of Guatemala, his Excellency, most Rev. Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Moralez and Atilio Prandina, Padre of Templo de San Francisco El Grande Santuario del Sto. Herman's Pedro and Jose Maria Munoz Alvarez, Director of the National Council for the Protection of Antigua /Consejo Nacional para la Protección de Antigua Guatemala (CNPAG).

We are most grateful for professional guidance and assistance from José Maria Munoz Alvarez of the CNPAG, esteemed paintings conservator, G. Theodore Nightwine, Father Celestino Gutierrez, of St. Jude Catholic Church, Sarasota, FL and Harriet F. Beaubien Head of Conservation / Senior Conservator (archaeomaterials) Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution.
Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antiqua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: K.A Zahn, Michelle Belloso, José Maria Munoz Alvarez and Fayanne Hayes discussing a conservation project underway at the CNPAG studio.

This project has been made possible with special approval from the Archbishop of Guatemala, his Excellency, most Rev. Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Morales and Atillio Prandina, Padre of Templo de San Francisco El Grande Santuario del Sto. Herman's Pedro and José Maria Munoz Alvarez, Director of the National Council for the Protection of Antigua /Consejo Nacional para la Protección de Antigua Guatemala (CNPAG).

Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antiqua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: Celebrating the moment of completion of the restoration of the first painting: Atilio Prandina, Padre of Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Eric Conservator CNPAG, Fayanne Hayes and José Maria Munoz Alvarez, Director CNPAG.

This project has been made possible with special approval from the Archbishop of Guatemala, his Excellency, most Rev. Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Moralez and Atilio Prandina, Padre of Templo de San Francisco El Grande Santuario del Sto. Herman's Pedro and Jose Maria Munoz Alvarez, Director of the National Council for the Protection of Antigua /Consejo Nacional para la Protección de Antigua Guatemala (CNPAG).

We are most grateful for professional guidance and assistance from José Maria Munoz Alvarez of the CNPAG, esteemed paintings conservator, G. Theodore Nightwine, Father Celestino Gutierrez, of St. Jude Catholic Church, Sarasota, FL and Harriet F. Beaubien Head of Conservation / Senior Conservator (archaeomaterials) Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution.


Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

RESTORATION / CONSERVATION of 18th Century Colonial Paintings, El Templo de San Francisco El Grande, Antiqua, Guatemala

Paintings Conservator, K.A. Zahn
Curator and project coordinator, Fayanne Hayes

Image: K.A. Zahn, Fayanne Hayes and CNPAG team: José Maria Munoz Alvarez, Director, Sandra Martinez, Conservator and Graduate Students of the University of Guatemala, Michelle Belloso and Oscar Rolles


We are most grateful for professional guidance and assistance from José Maria Munoz Alvarez of the CNPAG, esteemed paintings conservator, Theodore G. Nightwine, Father Celestino Gutierrez, of St. Jude Catholic Church, Sarasota, FL and Harriet F. Beaubien Head of Conservation / Senior Conservator (archaeomaterials) Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution.

Fayanne Hayes - Cultural Initiatives Consultant & Certified Professional Coach Paintings Conservation,  Antigua, Guatemala

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