The Vigala retable in 1992 and 2005


The entire architectonics, ornamentation, and some of the statues of the retable were repainted in 2005 without first consulting the Estonian Cultural Heritage Board. Only the retable’s large figures were left untouched by the repainting and have retained their 19th century colouring to this day.

The stratigraphy of the altar’s coats of paint and the type of paint used have been identified in the course of later examinations. The type of paint that was used in 2005 is oil alkyd paint. It is estimated that it is admittedly possible to remove this paint, yet the work necessary to accomplish this is complicated and very time-consuming.

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