Practical training - Wall painting conservation project in the church of St. Mary of Pond in Gologorica (Istria)

cvija et-al-posterAuthors: Katarina Apolonio, Kristina Cvija and Ana Grđan 
Mentor: Neva Pološki, Assistant Professor 

University of Zagreb, Academy of Fine Arts (Croatia)
Integrated study programme: Conservation and Restoration of Art
Specialization: Conservation-restoration of paintings, 4th study year
 

Summary
The conservation project in the church of St. Mary of Pond in Gologorica was thought out as practical training for students of the 3rd year, under the guidance of Assist. Prof. Neva Pološki. It was initiated primarily to prevent further deterioration of the already endangered mediaeval wall painting, that had been severely damaged by static movements of the building. Research conducted in the church included examination, investigation and documentation of both the building's and wall painting's state of preservation. The endeavour to detect original materials under the floor tiles inside the church resulted with fragments of wall painting with original plaster and paint layers. Fragments were further investigated in the Research Centre for Metal Industry – METRIS, in the Istrian County. The most endangered areas were preconsolidated and consolidated. Guest speaker in situ was restorer Bastian Hacker, who gave lectures on previously conducted investigations and their results that were part of his diploma thesis. Through his work, B. Hacker had set the fundations and guidelines for student investigations and conservation works.

 

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Short biographies
KATARINA APOLONIO  was born in year of 1990. in Šibenik, Croatia. She finished her primary school there and High School of Fine Arts in Split. Today she is a student of 4th year at the Department for Conservation and Restauration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.

KRISTINA CVIJA  was born in Zagreb, April 4th 1991. As a child she participated in art workshops in the Museum of Applied Arts and „Klovićevi dvori“ Gallery. She finished the School for Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb. In high school she participated on a student exhibition in Zabok in 2009 and is a member of the choir of Capella Odak, and the folklor ansamble Petar Zrinski. She is a 4th year student at the Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.

ANA GRĐAN  was born in Zagreb, March 9th 1992. In preschool she started attending art workshop under the guidance of artist Ivanka Kveton. She attended Krapina elementary school and primary music school in parallel. She finished the High school of Arts, Design, Graphic and Clothing in Zabok. In high school she participated in the country-level competition for the artistic and literary works of high school students in Zabok in 2009. Now she is a 4th year student at the Department of Conservation and Restauration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.