Conserving Maxo Vanka’s Murals

Vanka’s bold murals face age and conditions that naturally occur in an old church atop a hill.

The preservation of the murals is being led by fine arts conservator Rikke Foulke, Foulke Conservation. Over the years, members of the conservation team have included Ana Alba, Patricia Buss, Teresa Duff (2014 – 2018), Cindy Fiorini, Patty Huss West and Rhonda Wozniak.

As of spring 2020, 12 murals have been completed.

Pieta Mural

2010: Pieta

Mati Mural

2011: Mati 1941

Croatian Mother Raises Her Son for War Mural

2011: Croatian Mother Raises her Son for War

Immigrant Mother Gives Her Sons for American Industry

2013: Immigrant Mother Raises her Sons for American Industry

Injustice Mural

2013: Injustice

Simple Family Meal mural

2013: Simple Family Meal

Justice Mural

2014: Justice

Crucifixion Mural

2014: Crucifixion

Prudence Mural

2015: Prudence

The Capitalist Mural

2015: The Capitalist

Christ on the Battlefield Mural

2017: Christ on the Battlefield

Mary on the Battlefield Mural

2018: Mary on the Battlefield

Phase I, June 2018
Battlefield Scenes
Conservation of this mural was made possible by grants from Snee Reinhardt Charitable Foundation, Opportunity Fund and many generous individuals during the 2016 Pittsburgh Gives Day of Giving.

Phase II
Through the support of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Heinz Endowments, the Vanka Murals will complete a Keystone Planning Grant in 2021 to develop the scope, timeline and cost of Phase II of Conservation anticipated to include: the high walls and ceiling. The Main Altar mural, Mary, Queen of Croatia, is expected to be the capstone of the project.

The science of conservation

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