The Xylarium of the Conservation–Restoration Department of the Arts Academy, Split

Author: Ana Šapina, MA
Mentors: Larisa Aranza, Associate Professor; Bogoslav Šefc, PhD, Assistent Professor

Arts Academy, Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Easel Paintings and Polychrome Wood (graduated in February 2016)

Ana SapinaAbstract

Xylarium of the Conservation-Restoration Department of the Arts Academy at Split contains 85 specimens of 41 wood species, and a digital photo collection of cross-sections for microscopic examination. It was established in the academic year 2015/2016 as part of the author's MA project. The project offers a survey of characteristics and historic usages of different wood species in easel paintings and polychrome wood sculpture, stressing the importance of wood identification for conservation-restoration purposes. This general survey is followed by the description and characterization of all wood species contained in the collection, and the instructions concerning the maintenance procedures and preparation of wood samples for identification. The presentation focuses on the process of founding and the setup of the xylarium. The specimens of different wood species, and their historic usages are also shown in the presentation.

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Short biography

ANA ŠAPINA was born in Novi Travnik (Bosnia and Herzegovina). She gained a MA degree in conservation-restoration from the Arts Academy, Split. During her studies she specialized in the field of conservation and restoration of easel paintings and polychrome wood. She graduated in February 2016, with the master thesis "Establishment of the Xylarium of the Conservation-Restoration Department at the Arts Academy, Split".