St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Conservation of the Last Judgment Mosaic: St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Edited by Francesca Pique and Dusan C. Stulik

2004

248 pages

PDF file size: 36.2 MB


Description

Illustrated in color throughout, this handsome volume presents selected papers from an international symposium held in June 2001 marking the completion of a ten–year project to conserve the Last Judgment mosaic, at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. The project was a partnership between the Office of the President of the Czech Republic, the Prague Castle Administration, and the Getty Conservation Institute. The goal of the symposium was to present the methodology, research, and results of the project, which involved conserving one of the finest examples of monumental medieval mosaic art in Europe. The volume’s essays are divided into three parts, covering the historical and art–historical context, conservation planning and methodology, and project implementation and maintenance. Topics addressed include the history, iconography, and visual documentation of the mosaic; the development and application of surface cleaning and protective coating techniques for the mosaic’s glass tesserae; and post–treatment monitoring and maintenance.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword, Timothy P. Whalen
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction, Francesca Pique, Dusan C. Stulik
  • PART I Historical and Art Historical Context
  • Chapter 1 The Last Judgment Mosaic: The Historical Record, 1370–1910, Marie Kostilkova
  • Chapter 2 Charles IV’s Italian Travels: An Inspiration for the Mosaic?, Zdenka Hledikova
  • Chapter 3 The Iconography of the Last Judgment Mosaic and Its Medieval Context, Zuzana Vseteckova
  • Chapter 4 The Last Judgment Mosaic: Bohemian Originality and the Italian Example, Carlo Bertelli
  • Chapter 5 Conservation of the Last Judgment Mosaic, 1910–1992, Eliska Fucikova
  • Chapter 6 Research and Intervention on the Last Judgment Mosaic, 1956–1992, Alois Martan
  • Chapter 7 The Use of Visual Records for the Reconstructing the History of the Last Judgment Mosaic, Jan Bonek
  • PART II Conservation Planning and Methodology
  • Chapter 8 Methodology and Ethical Issues for the Conservation of the Last Judgment Mosaic, Francesca Pique
  • Chapter 9 Technology of Italian Glass Mosaics, Marco Verita
  • Chapter 10 Scientific Research in the Conservation of the Last Judgment Mosaic, Dusan C. Stulik
  • Chapter 11 The Microclimate of the Last Judgment Mosaic, Shin Maekawa
  • Chapter 12 Research in Mosaic Cleaning, Milena Necaskova
  • Chapter 13 The Last Judgment Mosaic: Development of Coating Technologies, Eric Bescher, J.D. Mackenzie
  • PART III Conservation Implementation and Maintenance
  • Chapter 14 Documentation of the Last Judgment Mosaic, Milena Necaskova, Francesca Pique
  • Chapter 15 Conservation Treatment of the Last Judgment Mosaic, Milena Necaskova
  • Chapter 16 Monitoring and Maintenance of the Last Judgment Mosaic, Martin Martan, Francesca Pique, Dusan C. Stulik
  • Contributors

About the Authors

Francesca Piqué is a project specialist with the Getty Conservation Institute.

Dusan Stulik is a senior scientist with the Getty Conservation Institute.