The murals were conserved, but environmental problems remain

According to The New York Times (“Ancient Church in Rome, Restored and Imagined”, by Eve M. Kahn, June 15, 2012), after more than a decade of analysis and conservation of its early Christian murals, the church of Santa Maria Antiqua in Rome will open to the public on a limited basis in September 2012. The Times article notes that cobwebs are now growing on the freshly restored paintings due to the constant humidity within the building. If the environmental issues of the structure are not dealt with might all of the conservators’ painstaking work be for naught?