Comparison of several adequate methods for reconstructing missing part on the same cultural heritage object made of metal

Author: Ira Fabrio
Mentor: Marta Kotlar, MA, Teaching Assistant

Institution: Art and Restoration Department, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master's Programme of Study in Conservation- Restoration, graduated in 2021
Specialization: Conservation-restoration of metal

Many cultural heritage objects made of metal have suffered mechanical damage due to use, improper handling, negligence, corrosion, etc. And have some missing parts. During conservation-restoration, it is important to determine whether it is necessary to make a reconstruction of the missing part and which aspects and principles need to be taken into account.
With the development of technologies, there are more possibilities for making reconstructions, each with its positive and negative sides. The aim of this presentation is to compare several methods used in conservation-restoration practice. For a better understanding of the problem and visualization, an everyday metal object owned by the Dubrovnik Museums, on which the author worked as part of her Master's thesis, will be used as an example.

Speaker's biography
IRA FABRIO was born in Rijeka, Croatia, in 1997. In September 2021, she will complete Graduate Study of Conservation- Restoration at the University of Dubrovnik where she specialized in metal conservation-restoration. During her studies she participated in three international student conferences as an author (in Split, Dubrovnik and Krakow) and two times as a volunteer in the organizing committee (in Dubrovnik and Zagreb). She gained practical experience in the university workshop in Dubrovnik and in the workshops of various institutions and firms in Croatia and Italy (Palazzo Spinelli in Florence, Kvinar d.o.o. in Kaštel Gomilica, Croatian Conservation Institute in Zagreb and ICUA in Zadar).