• Panorama Rouen 1431
    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
    photo © asisi

Restoration and Conservation

Conservation and restoration is an important field of activity for IPC. The organization does not execute restoration and conservation projects, but is advising in this field and links specialists and experience. Papers on restoration and conservation of panoramas are part of our yearly International Panorama Conferences.

One of IPC’s main goals is the preservation of the few surviving heritage panoramas. But conservation and restoration becomes more and more important for younger panoramas as well.

Many cultural works are sensitive to mechanical damages and environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and exposure to light and ultraviolet light. They must be protected in a controlled environment where such variables are maintained within a range of damage-limiting levels. Panoramas confront the specialists with extraordinary conditions and tasks. The giant size of these works force restores and conservators to use special techniques.

IPC calls all owners of panoramas and other artefacts to invest in so called preventive conservation. It is an essential responsibility of persons in charge to create and maintain a protective environment for the panoramas and objects in their collection. They should carefully monitor the condition of panoramas and collections to determine when an artefact requires conservation work and the services of a qualified conservator.


A selection of major panorama restoration and conservation projects on paintings and buildings:

Battle of Atlanta, USA 1979 - 1982
Battle of Racławice, Poland 1981 - 1985
Battle of Mount Isel, Austria 1981 - 1985
Palace and Gardens of Versailles, USA 1982 - 1983
Panorama Mesdag, Netherlands 1984 - 1996
Feszty-Panorama, Hungary (translocation to a new building) 1991 - 1995
Bourbaki-Panorama, Switzerland 1994 - 2004 (2008)
Battle of Murten, Switzerland 1998 - 2002
Battle of Trafalgar (Diorama), United Kingdom 1999 - 2000
Panorama of Salzburg, Austria (translocation to a new building) 2003 - 2005
Battle of Gettysburg, USA (translocation to a new building) 2004 - 2010
Crucifixion of Christ, Altoetting, Germany 2004 - 2007
Battle of Jinzhou, China 2005

Battle of Mount Isel, Austria (translocation to a new building)

2009 - 2011
Battle of Waterloo, Belgium 2008 - 2015
Battle of Borodino, Moscow / Russia 2011
Mesdag-Panorama, Netherlands 2013 - 2015
Thun-Panorama, Switzerland 2014
Lugouqiao Incident / The Battle of Marco Polo Bridge, China 2014
Battle of Atlanta, USA (translocation to a new building) 2015 - 2018
Bourbaki Panorama, Switzerland (velum and canopy) 2024