Concerns have been raised about the preservation of one of the world’s finest art collections after it emerged that a cash-strapped museum in Rome had resorted to opening its windows to reduce humidity, The Guardian reported.
Home to masterpieces by Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael and Rubens, Rome’s Borghese Gallery has been without air conditioning in one section for two months due to a funding slowdown, just as Rome sweats through a hot spring.
While most of the world’s most prized art is increasingly housed in climate-controlled rooms to shut out humidity and pollution, guards at the gallery are opening windows to try to lower the temperature.
Opening windows might bring in cool air now, but with summer approaching, the race is on to get the air conditioning working again.
In the meantime, the paintings risk exposure to humidity and pollution from Rome’s heavy traffic.