16. MEĐUNARODNA KONFERENCIJA STUDIJA KONZERVACIJE-RESTAURACIJE, DUBROVNIK 2019.

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Conservation and Restoration Works on the Antique Marble Sculpture of an Empress from the Archaeological Museum in Zadar

LUCIC BONOMI posterAuthors: Ana-Marija Lučić and Ema Bonomi
Mentors: Siniša Bizjak, Assistant Professor; Ivo Donelli, Full Professor

Department of Conservation-Restoration, Arts Academy of the University of Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Stone (4th year of study)

Abstract
The poster contains an overview of the conservation-restoration works carried out on an antique Roman sculpture of an empress from the Archaeological Museum in Zadar. The treatment described on the poster includes laboratory analysis for the presence of soluble salts, UV light review, the usage of a variety of cleaning techniques, removal of fillings, vacuum consolidation and retouching. All of the conservation and restoration treatments were carried out in the Conservation-Restoration department for Stone of the Arts Academy in Split.
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Short biography
ANA-MARIJA LUČIĆ was born in Menziken, Switzerland on March 22, 1997. She attended the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Split as a graphic designer. She enrolled into the Conservation-Restoration Department of the Arts Academy, Split in 2015, where she is currently getting her MA in stone conservation. She has participated in several conservation-restoration projects and spent the third year in the workshop for stone conservation in The Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments in Split. Now she is attending as a fourth-year student.

EMA BONOMI was born in Split, Croatia on February 3, 1996. She attended the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Split as a fashion designer. She enrolled into the Conservation-Restoration Department of the Arts Academy in Split in 2015, where she is currently getting her MA in stone conservation. She has participated in several conservation-restoration projects and spent the third year in the workshop for stone conservation in The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split. Now she is attending as a fourth-year student.

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Conservation and Restoration of Three Marble Segments from the Throne of Metropolitan Silvester

MIRKOVIC posterAuthor: Nina Mirković
Mentor: Mina Jović MA, Assistant Professor

Department of Conservation and Restoration, Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia)
Study programme: Conservation and Restoration
Specialization: Sculptures and Archaeological Objects (4th year of study)

Abstract
Three marble segments of the Throne of Metropolitan Silvester are part of Post-Byzantine Art Collection at the National Museum of Serbia under curator Branka Ivanić MA, who is the museum adviser. The Throne was founded at the Relja's Gradina cite, near the monastery of Saint Varvara and dates from the XVI/XVII century. The segments were found covered with calcification deposits and impurities that penetrate into the objects. Technical drawings, photo documentation and photographs with a USB camera of the segments' damages were made. The segments have not been published and are currently being processed by archaeologists for positioning into the Throne. After all segments were dry cleaned, chemical cleaning with different solutions was conducted, depending on the type of impurities. Removal of calcification was conducted with an ultrasonic scaler, mechanically. The restoration was implemented on one segment, where missing parties emerged after reassembling three fragments. The restoration was completed with color blending in relation to the original. Documentation of the entire conservation and restoration process was submitted to the National Museum of Belgrade, along with the object.

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Short biography
NINA MIRKOVIĆ was born in Belgrade on October 9th, 1995. She finished the School for Design, after which she enrolled at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade in the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Sculptures and Archaeological Objects. She volunteered at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology in Turkey and in the National Museum of Serbia. After graduation, she plans to enrol in Master's Studies of Conservation. She aspires to acquire more experience to improve her professional skills.

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Influence of Organic Materials on the Corrosion of Metals

RIBAROVIC posterAuthor: Vana Ribarović
Mentor: Filip Rogošić, Senior Lecturer; Ivica Ljubenkov, PhD, Assistant Professor

Department of Conservation-Restoration, Arts Academy of the University of Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Metal (graduated in 2018)

Abstract
A great number of artifacts that can be found in museum collections are composite objects made of different materials which release harmful chemical compounds, which can cause them mutual damage. One such example is firelocks (pistols) that were mainly made of metal, with wooden and leather parts. It is well known that wood, as it decays, emits volatile organic acids (acetic acid and formic acid), while leather releases non-volatile organic acids (free fatty acids). Both types of acids cause corrosion. The aim of this test was to learn to what extent organic materials (wood and leather) increase corrosion rates of metals, at certain values of relative humidity. Their impact on metalwork corrosion was measured at three different RH values, based on the assumption that the rates of corrosion of metal samples placed in microclimatic conditions with higher RH would be higher.

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Short biography
VANA RIBAROVIĆ was born in Split. She enrolled in the Conservation-Restoration Department of the Arts Academy in Split in 2013, and gained a master's degree in February 2018. The subject of her master's degree thesis was "The influence of microclimatic conditions on the preservation of metal objects".

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Detective Work of Conservators and Restorers

STIPIC SAFAR posterAuthors: Luka Krešimir Stipić and Andrea Šafran
Mentor: Zvjezdana Jembrih, Associate Professor; Ida Blažičko PhD, Assistant Professor

Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Sculpture (4th year of study)

Abstract
In the storeroom of the Diocesan Museum of the Zagreb Archdiocese, we found a wooden sculpture in a very bad condition, with no head or limbs, with minimal remains of polychromy and gilding. At this point, we had no documented data about it. The structure of the wood was exceptionally crumbly, so it was necessary to start with consolidation and other preliminary work on it. Continuing our research, we found a pit on the thorax, which implied that the sculpture was that of Christ. Later, we stumbled upon a picture of a wooden relief depicting the scene of "Blessing of the Virgin Mary", from the Chapel of St. James in Očura, which was said to be lost. Our sculpture of Christ seemed to match the Christ figure that was on the relief. After some time, in a storeroom in Marija Bistrica, we found a wooden frame that matched the appearance of the wooden relief "Blessing of the Virgin Mary". Soon the conservation and restoration work started on the frame, considering its bad condition. Stabilization of both parts of the relief is still in process. The story of this relief tells us that the job of conservator-restorer is often a job similar to that of a detective. The future of the relief is to hopefully find more missing parts and to be returned to its original place in the Očura chapel.

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Short biography
LUKA KREŠIMIR STIPIĆ was born in Zagreb on May 5th, 1994. He finished the School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb, at the Department of Sculpture. He is a 4th-year student at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, specializing in sculpture. He organized and exhibited his work at many exhibitions with the Young Sculptors of Zagreb group (which he is the founder of).
ANDREA ŠAFRAN was born in Zagreb, October 21st, 1995. She finished the School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb, at the department of Interior Design. She is a 4th year student at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, specializing in sculpture. She attended the ISA (International Summer Seminar for Young Academics) – student practice in Orlamünde, Germany, in 2018. She spent the winter semester of 2018/19 academic year in Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow as a part of the Erasmus student exchange.

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Conservation and Restoration of St. Nicholas Icon

SUMAHER posterAuthors: Viktor Šumaher
Co-author Tijana Lazić, MA, Assistant Professor
Mentor: Mina Jović, Assistant Professor

Department of Conservation and Restoration, Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia)
Study program: Conservation and Restoration
Specialization: Sculptures and Archeological Objects (1st year of Master's programme)

Abstract
The poster represents the conservation and restoration of the St. Nicholas icon from a private collection, which is believed to be Russian. The press on copper sheet technique is used for oklad, a portrait with the hands of St. Nicolas, in colour graphics. Copper oklad is a functional object used to cover painted layers on an icon. It can also be used as a protective layer preventing darkening caused by burning candles and wax dripping. The wooden panel on the back is used as support for the icon. The process of restoration and conservation of copper sheets and wooden panels is presented on the poster, whereas conservation and restoration of colour graphics were performed by Professor Assistant MA Tijana Lazic. Existing reliable sources have been used to single out the best conservation treatment methods. In consultation with the mentor and other assistants on this project, all selected methods mentioned in the text above have been systematically tried out and tested. Some segments have been mechanically cleaned, but with previous application of solvent, the intent is to soften or remove surface filth. Chemical cleanings have been performed using suggested treatments specialized for the material we have been treating. Considering that the thickness of the copper sheet is 0.2 mm, the restoration process of missing pieces was most demanding both in the selection of treatments and in completion. The wooden panel had a full-length vertical crack, whereas the copper sheet had multiple bent areas and multiple tiny missing pieces.

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VIKTOR ŠUMAHER was born in Šabac on June 13th, 1995. As a child, he expressed strong interest in arts and after he had finished primary school, he enrolled in the School of Applied Arts in Šabac. As a high-school student, he has participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions. After finishing his Bachelor studies in the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade in the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Sculptures and Archaeological Objects in 2018, he enrolled in the Masters studies of the same faculty. In 2018 he participated in conservation and restoration colony "Staro selo" in Sirogojno.

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Wood identification of two polychromed baroque candle holders by using and analysing the cross-section of the wooden support

TOMASEVIC posterAuthors: Leona Džaja; Andrea Lacković; Leonarda Miletić; Nađa Tomašević; Lucija Vrdoljak
Mentor: Larisa Aranza, Associate Professor

Department of Conservation-Restoration, Arts Academy of the University of Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Easel paintings and Polychrome wood (3rd year of study)

Abstract
Two wooden, polychromed and gilded candlesticks were taken to the restoration treatment in the Department for Conservation-Restoration, in a specialized workshop for easel paintings and polychromed wood. It is assumed that candlesticks were manufactured in the same local workshop but the candlesticks' wood condition differs significantly. The wood of candlestick nr.098 shows no signs of decay caused by wood-destroying insects while candlestick nr. 094 has highly damaged wood in the lower part of the object. Given that they are stored under the same humidity and temperature conditions, it is assumed that damage is caused by the selection of different types of wood. The identification of wood species was made by analysing transversely cross-sections under a microscope with the help of the Key for wood determination. It was concluded that damaged candlestick nr. 094 was made of softwood and other was made of hardwood. Based on the size of insects exit holes and faeces, it was possible to determine insect species.

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Short biography
NAĐA TOMAŠEVIĆ was born in Split on March 13th, 1998. She finished 1st Grammar School in Split.
ANDREA LACKOVIĆ was born in Osijek on August 7th, 1997. She finished The School For Applied Arts and Design in Osijek.
LUCIJA VRDOLJAK was born in Split on August 31st, 1996. She finished The School for Design, Graphics and Sustainable Construction.
LEONA DŽAJA was born in Livno on October 13th, 1990. She has a bachelor's degree in Art.
LEONARDA MILETIĆ was born in Zadar on November 13th, 1997. She finished "Grammar School Vladimir Nazor" in Zadar.
They are all 3rd-year students at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art Academy in Split.

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Oleographs: Retouching

VUCETIC posterAuthors: Paula Cvjetković, Lucija Fišter, Dora Ljubica, Helena Mozara and Jovana Vučetić
Mentor: Sanja Serhatlić, Assistant Professor

Art and Restoration Department, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master's Programme of Study in Conservation-Restoration
Specialization: Paper (1st year of study)

Abstract
This poster will present the application of retouching techniques in general and explain what are the important effects on the overall appearance of the work of art and on its artistic value. The technique of producing oleographs will be described, as well as the specific materials used in the process of retouching.

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PAULA CVJETKOVIĆ was born in Dubrovnik, May 27th 1994. She finished grammar school in Dubrovnik. She is a 1st year student at Masters Study Programme at the University of Dubrovnik.
LUCIJA FIŠTER was born in Zagreb, December 12th 1991. She finished School of Applied Art and Design in Zagreb. She graduated Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Department in Zagreb. She is now a 1st year student at Masters Study Programme at the University of Dubrovnik.
DORA LJUBICA was born in Split, June 18th 1997. She finished School for Design, Graphics and Sustainable Construction, Interior Design department in Split. She is a 1st year student at Masters Study Programme at the University of Dubrovnik.
HELENA MOZARA was born in Dubrovnik, March 11th 1996. She finished grammar school in Dubrovnik. She is a 1st year student at Masters Study Programme at the University of Dubrovnik.
JOVANA VUČETIĆ was born in Kotor, September 9th 1996. She finished grammar school in Herceg Novi. She is a 1st- year student at Masters Study Programme at the University of Dubrovnik.

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Conservation-Restoration of 19th Century Paintings from the Brdo Castle near Kranj

ZELEZNIK posterAuthor: Lara Železnik
Mentor: Lucija Močnik Ramovš; MA, Associate Professor

Department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master's Study Programme Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Specialization: Paintings and Polychrome Sculpture (1st year of study)

Abstract
The four paintings were presumably made in the 19th century by an unknown artist in the technique of oil on canvas. They are part of an extensive collection of works of art by Slovene artists intended to decorate rooms of the Brdo Castle, which holds protocol events of the Republic of Slovenia at the highest level.
Through conservation-restoration procedures on the paintings, we faced a series of problems and issues which made us rethink our work approach. At first sight, all four paintings had similar problems to address; deformation of the textile support and yellowed varnish with surface dirt. During conservation-restoration procedures, we discovered that the textile supports were highly sensitive to moisture. Any introduction of water, even in minimal quantity and shape, could lead to extreme shrinkage of canvas and considerable tent-shaped picture layers in the final phase. Consequently, the emphasis was placed on conservation-restoration treatments with a minimum usage of water.

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LARA ŽELEZNIK was born in Maribor. She graduated at the Faculty of Education in Maribor in the Department of Fine Arts (2nd-degree program). She continued her studies at the Wood Technology School - Higher Vocational College; program Design of Materials – Wood. Now she is a 1st-year student of the Master's Study Programme Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Ljubljana, specializing in Conservation/Restoration of Paintings and Polychrome Sculpture.

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4 UNIVERSITIES 4 KONAVLE: Implementing collection care project - Stage 1

PILON posterAuthors: Viktorija Pilon, Caroline Dalhed, Julia Németh
Mentor: Danijela Jemo, PhD, University Assistent; Tanja Kimmel, PhD; Laura Peters, MA, Mateo M. K. Kesovia, MA, Teaching Assistant

Art and Restoration Department, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: First-Cycle Bachelor's Programme of Study in Conservation-Restoration
Specialization: textile (2nd year of study)

Abstract
4 Universities 4 Konavle is an international project held in the Konavle County Museum, 17.-21. September 2018. The project was organized by the University of Dubrovnik, Department of Art and Restoration; University of applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Conservation; University of Technology, Arts, Science, CICS-Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences and Hungarian Univeristy of Fine Arts, Department of Conservation; in collaboration with Museums & Galleries of Konavle, Konavle County Museum. The collection care project was divided into three groups. The first group, led by Dr. Katalin Orosz and MA Laura Peters applied the Risk Assessment Methods and Procedures. Their task was to evaluate all the possible risks in the museum and to develop a risk-based approach in order to diminish those risks. The first group also prepared an educational flyer with instructions how to preserve textile heritage in private collections. The second group led by Univ. Ass. Dipl. Rest. Tanja Kimmel was focused on improving the display methods for 2-dimensional „Konavle embroidery" and 3-dimensional „Konavle costumes". The third group was led by Danijela Jemo, PhD and MA Laura Peters. Their group focused on the digitization and documentation of the embroidery patterns from the Jelka Miš collection and implementation of new storage methods for the collection.

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VIKTORIJA PILON was born in Požega, November 29th 1998. She graduated the Natural sciences – mathematics Gymnasium in Požega. As a 2nd-year student at the Department of Art and Restoration, University of Dubrovnik. Her field of study is textile conservation – restoration. She participated in several projects such as Modifying mannequins for ethnographic costume project that was organized by the Department of Art and Restoration, University of Dubrovnik.

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15th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF CONSERVATION-RESTORATION STUDIES, SPLIT 2018

Below you will find posters (in PDF format) that were presented at the 15th International Conference of Conservation-Restoration Studies. The conference took place in Split in April 2018. To learn more about the event, please click here.

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Wall Paintings in Churches in the Territory of Poljica

LOVRIC poster 1Author: Nikolina Lovrić
Mentors: Nikola Radošević, Lecturer; Krešimir Bosnić, Lecturer

Department of Conservation-Restoration, Arts Academy of the University of Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Wall paintings and mosaics (5th year of study)

Abstract

Before the invasion of Napoleon’s army and the ensuing abolition of its sovereignty, the Republic of Poljica had enjoyed the status of an autonomous territory. The area still abounds in churches, some of them built during the early Croatian period. The inhabitants of Poljica have always appreciated their religious  architectural heritage, repeatedly renovating the interiors and exteriors of their churches in order to preserve and even embellish their appearance. Unfortunately, in these renewals many wall paintings, together with original plaster, have been removed or overpainted. The most reliable way of finding out which of them have survived and which have been replaced by new paintings or lost is to compare the existing situation with archival documents and photo-documentation of the Croatian Conservation Institute. Oddly enough, the work done so far suggests that a significant number of them have been irreversibly lost in the relatively recent past, i.e. during the 20th century. To save what has left of this important part of Poljica heritage for generations to come, it is planned to create a digital catalogue of the paintings which have survived in situ, including overviews of the state of preservation of single paintings.

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Transfer of a Fragment of Painted Frieze from the Moise Palace at Cres

DRAGOZET JURKI posterAuthors: Ivana Dragozet and Lara Jurki
Mentors: Suzana Damiani, MA, Associate Professor; Neva Pološki, MA, Assistant Professor

Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Wall paintings (5th year of study)

Abstract

The focus of the poster is on the transfer of a fragment of wall painting which was detached  from its original support (the wall), put on a new support, and installed in situ.  The fragment was discovered in 2015, in the Renaissance Moise palace at Cres. It is  part of a 16th century frieze, and was found underneath more recent layers of plaster. As the supporting wall was statically unstable and in danger of collapsing, it had to be demolished and replaced by a new one. This  meant that the painting, in order to be preserved, needed to be quickly detached. In 2016 the painting  was separated from the support using  stacco method, and  transferred to the Academy of Fine Arts, the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Artworks in Zagreb, where further work on the fragment was carried out by the 5th year students Lara Jurki and Ivana Dragozet. It included the treatment and preparation of the fragment for the new mount, its mounting on a movable support and  return to the its original place within the palace, but also  other  conservation and restoration actions indispensable for its new display.

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Conservation of a Detached Anti-nazi and Anti-fascist Mixed-media Installation

SZARLATA et al posterAuthors: Ewa Szarłata, Paulina Węgrzyn and Monika Topolska
Mentor: Edward Kosakowski, Full Professor

Department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (Poland)
Study programme: Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art MA Programme
Specialization: Paintings (Ewa Szarłata – 5th year of study; Paulina Węgrzyn and Monika Topolska – 4th year of study)

Abstract

The poster presents the conservation of an installation of historic value, made shortly  before  the outbreak of World War II: an inscription made with pencil in the corner between two painted walls, reading "the 7th of August /1939 / gallows / for Hitler / and Mussolini", with a nail placed above one part of the inscription, with a rope attached to it. The installation was found during the conservation works connected with another object, and had to be removed immediately in order to be preserved (stacco method was chosen). The most challenging moment of the  preparations for the transfer of  the two parts with the inscriptions to a new support was the design of a moveable support system which would allow the display of this corner object as it was found, with two parts placed at a right angle to each other, or,  should the display require,  parallelly. Moreover, the installation had to be prepared for transportation during which it had to lie flat. The authors designed and constructed a  two-parted moveable support of the "sandwich" type, which fulfilled all of the requirements. The backings for the detached objects were prepared and applied to the support. Further works are in progress.

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Conservation-Restoration Works on a Flavius Valens Sarcophagus from Salona

ZOHIL posterAuthor: Martin Zohil
Mentors: Ivo Donelli, Full Professor; Siniša Bizjak, Assistant Professor

Department of Conservation-Restoration, Arts Academy of the University of Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Stone (3rd year of study)

Abstract

The poster contains the overview of the conservation-restoration works carried out on a 4th century sarcophagus from Salona. When the sarcophagus arrived at the Department’s stone objects studio, it was  in a precarious condition. Since much of its sides was lost or broken, it was in need of an extensive reconstruction. The replacements in artificial stone (which was structurally reinforced) were applied in thin layers to allow proper drying. They were put in place and secured with stainless steel pins. The missing  decoration was  reconstructed from and old photograph, traced and carved with traditional tools.

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Role of the Archaeological Conservator in Excavations. The Examples of Good Practice

KALICANIN MARKOVIC posterAuthors: Tamara Kaličanin and Marita Marković
Mentor: Joška Tea Katunaric Kirjakov, Senior Lecturer

Department of Conservation-Restoration, Arts Academy of the University of Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Archaeological materials (3rd year of study)

Abstract

Since 2008, The Arts Academy of the University of Split has taken part in many underwater and terrestrial excavations. The students of archaeological materials conservation of the Conservation-Restoration Department have actively participated in them, focusing on the selection of the optimal conservation methods to be applied in the treatment of archaeological artefacts from the very moment of their discovery. The students have worked on the optimal conservation approach to human remains, ceramics, glass and metalwork already on the site, learning how to handle freshly found artefacts during their lifting and transportation, and how to implement conservation procedures in the laboratory. The objects which were recently moved from their primary archaeological contexts to new surroundings with different climates have experienced abrupt decay. It particularly concerns organic, but also to a smaller extent, inorganic materials. An understanding of the environment the artefact originates from is necessary for the development of the most appropriate conservation procedures and creation of the optimal conditions of its storing and display, but also for the interpretation of the gathered information in the further examination. Having that said, the collaboration between conservators-restorers and archaeologists is fundamental.

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Story Behind the 16th Century Damask Fragment from the Island of Lopud

VLADIC posterAuthor: Sara Vladić
Mentors: Danijela Jemo, PhD, Assistant Professor; Mateo Miguel Kodrić Kesovia, Teaching Assistant

Department of Art and Restoration, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Undergraduate study programme in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Textile (3rd year of study)

Abstract

Many of the historic vestments and other  liturgical items,  still in existence along the Croatian coast, contain interesting and valuable Italian damask fabrics. Sometimes they have been cut and re-used  for new purposes. One such object is a "burse" made of Italian 16th century damask, which now makes part of the textile collection of the church of Our Lady of Šunj, on the island of Lopud. A detailed historical and technical analysis of the fabric has shown that it bears a similarity to other 16th century damasks found in Croatia, most notably the precious bale of damask recovered from a shipwreck near the island of Gnalić, now on display in the City Museum of Biograd. The present work brings  the results of a further investigation carried on the damask fragment from Lopud, which consists in a comparison of its visual and technical features with those of other similar fragments documented in Croatia. The conservation and restoration procedures undertaken on the fragment so far are also presented here.

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Restoration of a Polychrome Wooden Cabinet with Oak Graining Imitation

WEGRZYN posterAuthor: Paulina Węgrzyn
Mentors: Aleksandra Hola, PhD, Assistant Professor (Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow); Charles Indekeu, Reader (University of Antwerp)

Department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (Poland)
Study programme: Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art MA Programme
Specialization: Paintings (4th year of study)

Abstract

The poster presents conservation-restoration treatment of a 17th century wooden corner cabinet with oak graining imitation, executed in the 18th century in oil technique. The treatment was done during the Erasmus+ Exchange Program in Antwerp, Belgium in the winter semester of 2017/18.

The first part of the poster focuses on the analysis of oak graining imitation technique and technology, based on the research of relevant literature and an empirical test carried out by the author of the poster. The test, the results of which are shown here, was performed to understand better the original technique and the elaborate method of reconstruction of graining imitation on cabinets.

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Elecrolytic Cleaning and Silvering

KUNJASIC posterAuthors: Ira Fabrio and Antonia Kunjašić
Mentor: Marta Stanic, Teaching Assistant

Department of Art and Restoration, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Undergraduate programme in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Metalwork (2nd year of study)

Abstract

Electrolytic cleaning is a method of removing soil, scale or corrosion products from a metal surface by subjecting it, as an electrode, to an electric current in an electrolytic bath. Electrolysis cleaning works somewhat like chrome plating in reverse. By connecting the positive and negative wires, the opposite of the plating process, you get crud and rust removal.

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Applied Art of Intarsia

PEREZA posterAuthor: Ante Pereza
Mentors: Andrej Aranicki, MA, Associate Professor; Maja Sučević Miklin, Assistant Lecturer

Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Sculpture (3rd year of study)

Abstract

The poster presents the work of the Croatian master of modern intarsia Antun Župan (1912–1983) and the conservation and restoration works done on two of his artworks, both of which are wooden tables decorated with inlays and produced in 1954. In addition to the presentation of new materials and techniques, the authors of the poster we faced with the issue of approach to intarsia as a medium and means of artistic expression, and as an aesthetically valuable work of art with. The state of the artworks before the restoration are presented, from the damage inflicted by negligence, mechanical damages caused by the use of the objects for everyday purposes, to inadequate repairs and the common problems of all wooden objects, such as biological, physical and chemical damage. The authors believe that by carrying out the analysis and testing the materials, by analysing the causes of deterioration and the ways of protection based on the ethical principles of the profession, the quality of the future conservation and restoration interventions on objects like these will increase.

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