Conservation and restoration of two ukiyo-e woodblock prints

Author: Mirta Tonc
Mentor: Tanja Dujaković, MA, Teaching Assistant

Institution: Department of Art and Restoration, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master's Programme of Study in Conservation-Restoration, 5th year of study
Specialization: Conservation-restoration of paper

This presentation talks about Japanese Ukyio-e woodblock prints including conservation-restoration done on two woodblock prints from a private collection. The first part contains brief information about the history of painting during the Edo period. The middle section deals with the process of woodblock printing and the techniques, pigments, and tools used in its production. The final part of the presentation includes the restoration treatment carried out on the two woodblock prints.

Speaker's biography
MIRTA TONC was born in Osijek on April 23 rd, 1998. She gained her high school diploma at the Tehnical and Natural science school ‘Ruđer Bošković’, Osijek, graduating with honors in 2017 before enrolling at the University of Ragusa (Dubrovnik), joining the department of conservation-restoration of paper. She did her undergraduate study theses on the topic of Conservation and restoration of two ukiyo-e woodblock prints, graduating with honours. During her studies she worked on various paper medium artefacts and artworks and interned at the Scientific Library of Dubrovnik and at the Croatian Restoration Institute department of paper in Dubrovnik. Currently she is preparing for a 5-month internship at the private conservation studio of Rita Udina, Barcelona, Spain via the Erasmus Internship programme.