National Geographic : 1967 Jul
tree against the bridge, a harrowing boom would thunder down the shaking corridor. Dr. Baldini found some small consolation, he told me, in a stream of quiet invective against 19th-century painters who insisted upon fuller-length portraits than the Renais sance head-to-waist style, making their works twice as difficult to move. Dr. Becherucci and a few custodians waited at the end of the corridor and trans ferred the portraits to the safety of the steps. Shortly after 10 a.m. the last of the paintings came out. Asked what he thought about after saving so many priceless works of art, Dr. Baldini told me with a candid smile: "My automobile." Infinite care attends the book restoration (far left). At Fort Belvedere, a Renaissance fortress, volunteers from many countries painstakingly separate sections from vol umes shorn of their leather bindings. Literary laundry hangs in the heating plant of the railroad terminal. Here, pages are washed and pressed to expel excess water, then hung up to dry for four to six hours. Music from ages past, trucked from Florence, fills a hallway at the Vatican Res toration Institute in Rome. Dom Mario Pinzutti, the Director, examines 13th- and 14th-century choir books from the cathedral. Constant changing of absorbent paper placed between pages dries the parchment.