Renaissance treasures discovered in Prince’s Palace
Hidden from sight, 600 square metres of Italian Renaissance frescoes have been discovered in the Palace of Monaco since 2013.
A true national treasure was discovered almost by accident following the renovation of the facades surrounding the Royal Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco in 2013. Perched on scaffolding under the Hercules Gallery, from the moment the work began, the painters had a feeling that there was some ancient decoration hidden beneath the accumulated layers of paint. Their intuition was confirmed when, after being scraped off with a scalpel, the top layers of paint and varnish disappeared to reveal stunning, vibrant, bold colours… Analysis then showed that the medium was a lime-based plaster used in fresco art dating from the Italian Renaissance.Read more