Conservation and restoration works on the icon "Crucifixion with Saints"

stimac posterAuthor: Ana Štimac
Mentor: Tamara Ukrainčik, MA, Associate 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: Painting (5th year of study)


The topic of the poster is the work carried out on the icon Crucifixion with Saints. All conservation and restoration procedures were performed at the Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art (Zagreb) and follow a series of problems and issues we faced, and possible and final solutions we considered and employed during our work on it. The icon was in a relatively poor condition: its painted layer was partially illegible. After conducting an IR scan (and thinning a layer of varnish later on) we identified two out of the four saints by the inscription written above them. Also, it was interesting to find the final solution to the reconstruction of the missing parts: applying putty, retouching and selecting the appropriate varnish as the final layer of the painting with regard to the icon’s overall impression.

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Short biography

ANA ŠTIMAC was born in Ruma on the 19th of June, 1992. Even in elementary school she was interested in protecting cultural heritage, participating in a number of art workshops. She graduated as a Conservator of cultural heritage from the School of Applied Arts in Šabac. During those four years of high school she was an active member of the Calligraphy workshop and participated in international and national competitions in calligraphy, winning several awards. After finishing high school she enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She's currently a fifth-year student at the Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art,  specialization painting.