A proposal to establish a more suitable micro-indoor environment for the two paintings by Valentin Metzinger in the Succursal Church of Žale, Kamnik

Author: Petra Juvan
Mentor: Tamara Trček Pečak, MA, Associate Professor
Co-mentor: Vincenc Butala, Ph.D., Full Professor

University of Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Slovenia)
Conservation and restoration of works of art (MA)
JUVAN PetraSpecialization: Conservation-restoration of paintings and polychrome plastic material, 1st year of study 


The topic of the presentation is the micro-indoor environment of paintings Saint Joachim and Saint Anne with Mary and Saint Florian and Saint Donat, painted by Valentin Metzinger, an important representative of Slovenian Baroque painting. The paintings are kept in the church of Mary and Joseph's engagement in Žale near Kamnik. The parameters of the church's indoor are not monitored rendering the pictures liable to damages. Using two different methods, we attempted to assess which environmental factors could pose a threat to the paintings and at the same time tried to explore the possibilities for establishing a more suitable indoor microclimate for the paintings.

Short biography

PETRA JUVAN was born in 1986 in Ljubljana. From 2009 to 2014 she attended the undergraduate program at the Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Ljubljana. Based on her diploma paper she acquired student recognition of Academy of Fine Arts and Design for study year 2014. She is now a student of second-cycle study course/master's study Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design.