The Conservation of Wall Paintings

Sharon Cather, Editor


154 pages

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These are the proceedings of a symposium organized by the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Getty Conservation Institute, held in London, July 13–16, 1987.

Because the conservation of wall paintings requires an interdisciplinary approach, the purpose of the symposium was to facilitate the exchange of information among international conservators, scientists, and historians involved in major wall paintings conservation projects. The interdisciplinary nature of contemporary wall paintings conservation is reflected in this volume.

The Sistine Chapel, the Brancacci Chapel, and the Tomb of Nefertari are among the well-known wall paintings discussed in this book by international experts in wall paintings conservation. The special problems associated with the protection of works such as these are explored from the perspective of diagnosis, documentation, treatment, and monitoring. A definitive paper on the effects of salts on wall paintings is also included.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    Miguel Angel Corzo
  • Preface
    David Park, Frank Preusser
  • Scientific and Technical Examination of the Tomb of Queen Nefertari at Thebes
    Frank Preusser
  • Preliminary Research for the Conservation of the Brancacci Chapel, Florence
    Ornella Casazza, Sabino Giovannoni
  • Pretreatment Examination and Documentation: The Wall Paintings of Schloß Seehof, Bamberg
    Karl Ludwig Dasser
  • The Role of the Architectural Fabric in the Preservation of Wall Paintings
    Claus Arendt
  • The Conservation in Situ of the Romanesque Wall Paintings of Lambach
    Ivo Hammer
  • The Frescoes of Michelangelo on the Vault of the Sistine Chapel: Conservation Methodology, Problems, and Results
    Fabrizio Mancinelli
  • The Frescoes of Michelangelo on the Vault of the Sistine Chapel: Original Technique and Conservation
    Gianluigi Colalucci
  • Conservation of Central Asian Wall Painting Fragments from the Stein Collection in the British Museum
    S. B. Hanna, J. K. Dinsmore
  • Destruction and Restoration of Campanian Mural Paintings in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
    Eric M. Moormann
  • Monitoring Wall Paintings Affected by Soluble Salts
    Andreas Arnold, Konrad Zehnder
  • In Review: An Assessment of Florentine Methods of Wall Painting Conservation Based on the Use of Mineral Treatments
    Mauro Matteini