The conservation of two polychrome sculptures, St. Mary Magdalen and St. Margaret, from Samobor Museum, with the overview of chronological layers

KURTIC BULE posterAuthors: Melita Kurtić and Paula Bule
Mentor: Associate Professor Andrej Aranicki, MA

Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb (Croatia)
Study programme: Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Specialization: Sculpture (5th year of study)

Abstract

The wooden polychromed sculptures of St. Mary Magdalen and St. Margaret date from the 17th century and are held at the Museum of Samobor (Zagreb County). They are a product of the workshop of the sculptor Ivan Komersteiner, born in Germany. The sculptures were brought for conservation treatment to the Department of Conservation and Restoration of the Academy  of Fine Art in Zagreb in the summer of 2012. The treatment included the following steps: preventive undergluing of the polychromy, consolidation of the wooden support, analysis of the micro samples of the polichromy, removal of surface dirt.The stratigraphic analysis of the samples of the paint layers and the test probing confirmed that the polychromy was overgilded and oversilvered in the same order and manner as it was in the first chronological layer. This was confirmed by the chemical analysis of all layers, using X-ray fluorescence (XRF), a portable spectrometer designed by professor Vladan Desnica. Based on the results of the analysis, it has been decided that the scheme applied  over the original one, will not be removed.

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Short biographies

MELITA KURTIĆ is a fifth-year student of conservation-restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She graduated from the School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb in 2008.

PAULA BULE is also a fifth-year student of conservation-restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She specializes in conservation-restoration od sculpture. Paula graduated from the School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb in 2009.