Conservation In Situ: Investigative conservation-restoration works on the wooden inventory in the chapel of St. Mihalj in Samobor, Croatia

Authors: Martina Lochert* and Darija Tripalo**
Mentors: Associate Professor Zvjezdana Jembrih, MA; Assistant Professor Danko Šourek, PhD

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

**Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb (Croatia)
Study programme: History of Art

Abstract

Lochert TripaloThe presentation describes the investigative conservation and restoration works carried out on the main altar, two side altars and a choir stall in the chapel of St. Mihalj in Samobor. The work was carried out in situ, from the 15h to the 19th of September, 2014. Investigative conservation and restoration works are an important segment of any conservation and restoration project, and are among the first steps that are to be taken when a new project is started. 
The theoretical part of the research was carried out by students of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, under the mentorship of professor Danko Šourek, and the investigative conservation and restoration works in situ were carried out by students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Conservation and Restoration, under the mentorship of professor Zvjezdana Jembrih.
The investigative works included stratigraphic tests of the main altar of St. Michael (the beginning of the 18th century), two side altars - of St. Cathterine (left; mid-18th century) and Grieving Madonna (right; second half of the 17th century), and a choir stall dating from the beginning of the 18th century (some parts from later period). All three altars bear considerable damage due to high relative humidity and were extensively re-painted during the course of time. After stratigraphic tests carried out on the paint layer of all of the items, a proposal for treatment was drawn up.

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Short biographies

MARTINA LOCHERT was born in Zagreb, in 1991. She finished primary school in Križ, and the primary music school in Ivanić Grad. She graduated from the School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb, in 2010. Currently she is in her final year of the Master’s degree programme of the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Theme of her final thesis is "Restoration works on the facade elements in the window zone of the Jakovlje castle."

DARIJA TRIPALO was born in Zagreb. She is currently a student of the University of Zagreb (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). She is in her final year preparing her Master's thesis in art history. Her thesis is about an early 16th century altarpiece from Austria commissioned by a member of the Croatian noble family of Frankopans.