During the transit of works of art from Valencia to Catalonia in March 1938 two major paintings by Goya, the Second and Third of May, were seriously damaged, while others suffered from the effects of this rapid move. All were restored and conserved by the Museo del Prado’s restorers who had accompanied the paintings during their hazardous journey. In Catalonia the Central Committee ordered the Ministry of Finance to prepare storage facilities similar to those which they had prepared in Valencia, but the conditions resulting from the previous few months of war made this impossible. The military fortress in Figueras, the castle of Peralada and the talc mines in La Vajol, the most recent headquarters of the Republican government and possible military targets, were used as stores for works of art before their move to Geneva

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