Rome, Italy, Jan 20, 2022 / 19:00 pm
Art restorers from the Vatican Museums checked the conservation of an important Byzantine Marian icon in Rome on Thursday.
The image of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani — Protection of the Roman People — was found still to be in “excellent condition,” according to a Jan. 20 statement.
The icon, which has been revered by the people of Rome for centuries, underwent a months-long restoration in 2017.
In January 2018, the image of Mary and the Child Jesus was returned to the Pauline (also called Borghese) Chapel of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. It is now kept inside an air-conditioned display case to ensure its continued conservation.