Similarities and Differences in the History, Techniques and Technologies Used in two Gothic Panel Paintings From the Historic Region of Lesser Poland

Authors: Filip Pelon and Bartosz Zarębski, MA [in music]
Mentors: Professor Marta Lempart-Geratowska; Assistant Professor Jarosław Adamowicz

Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow (Poland)
Study programme: Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Specialization: Paintings (6th year of study)

Pelon ZarebskiSummary

The authors compare the history, techniques and technologies employed in the making of two Gothic panel paintings from the Lesser Poland. Despite differences in  painting layers, the supports reveal similarities in the execution of the woodwork. The authors put forward the hypothesis  that the panels were made in the same carpenter’s shop, which has left mark on them. They also stress the fact that both  paintings have been worshiped for ages, which in both cases has resulted in many repairs and over-paintings,  suggesting that there could be an interesting link between the Gothic panel paintings  from the Lesser Poland and those from some other,  lesser known, European centers, in which the existence of the same type of panel paintings has been documented.

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Short biographies

FILIP PELON is a 6th year student of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. As part of his MA project, he is currently restoring a Gothic painting which is planned to be presented at this conference. Before that, he gained a Degree in Music, violin, from the Opole Music School.

BARTOSZ ZARĘBSKI is a 6th year student of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. He is currently restoring a Gothic panel painting, as part of his Masters Degree project. Before that, he had gained a Masters Degree in the History of Art from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.