The problems of historical alterations in the cassone type chest using the example of the conservation of the 16th century Italian chest

jarek-posterAuthor: Piotr Jarek
Mentor: Professor Grażyna Korpal

Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (Poland)
Study programme: Conservation and Restoration of Art 
Specialization: Conservation-restoration of 

The topic of my poster is the remedial conservation and partial restoration of an Italian cassone type chest. It most likely comes from the 16th century and currently belongs to the Wawel Royal Castle State Art Collection in Kraków. The chest has been bought by Leon Piniński in 1929 in Venice. As the front panel has only been faintly preserved, its constructions, decorative values and aesthetic arrangement are topics of great interest. Another fascinating problem is that the particular elements of the chest have been made at different times.
I would like to focus on the problem of the conservation and restoration of the chest, including:
• Dismount of the chosen element of the piece.
• Impregnation of the wood.
• Cleaning of the polychrome, the gold plating and the wooden elements.
• Resealing of the loosening paint layers.
• Filling in the missing layers of ground and paint.
• Adding the missing gold foil and blending the colours.
• Research aiming to date the particular elements of the chest.
The so called historical conservation used in the case of this chest pushes us to consider the problems of respecting and dealing with earlier interferences to the object, which are valuable witnesses to history.



Short biography
PIOTR JAREK  (b. 1988) graduated from the Arts’ High School in Tarnów. Currently he’s finishing his sixth year at the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts. Laurate of the Rector’s Scholarship. He won the second place in the faculty’s painting contest Przejście (accompanied by an exhibition). He took part in many group exhibitions, among others in Hilden (Germany), his paiting Tryptyk was shown at the exhibition of the best fifth year students.