Synopsis by Sally Barber
In 1979, the largest art restoration project in history got underway. It would take twice as long to complete as it took to paint, nearly 20 years in all, and cost millions of dollars. While some art experts criticized the restoration, the art of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel would be saved from more than five centuries of soot and grime. Return to Glory: Michelangelo Revealed chronicles the refurbishment of the master artist's extraordinary frescoes, its return to the original colors, and the new emergence of its sublime images. The program covers the first 12 years of this monumental restoration effort.