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Nanotechnologies for the Conservation of Contemporary Art – Copenhagen

Last week I was invited to attend the international conference on NANOmaterials for the RESToration of works of ART, (NANORESTART ), held at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen 29-30 November 2018. The conference marked the conclusion of the…

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Advanced Imaging Techniques at the Egypt Exploration Society

Two Saturdays ago a workshop on advanced imaging techniques was held at the Egypt Exploration Society in London. It was taught by Dr Kathryn Piquette, of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. The purpose of the workshop was to train…

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Reconstruction or Ruin: Conserving Destroyed Heritage

Having been linking articles and writing on the subject of virtual reconstruction https://www.biancamadden.com/bamyian-buddhas,  replicas https://www.biancamadden.com/tutankhamun-tomb-reconstruction/, and 3D digital recording https://www.biancamadden.com/digital-archaeology/ on this blog, this recent article from The Art Newspaper by Robert Bevan, author of The Destruction of Memory, seems…

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Imaging Methods for Examination in the Conservation of Art Works

After the course last year at Open Source in Milan on non-invasive analysis and imaging for art works (see https://www.biancamadden.com/non-invasive-diagnostics-for-paintings/), I have been researching further into the subject in order to be able to make more use of these methods…

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Conflict, Cultural Heritage, Conservation and working in Zagreb in late 1990s

Last year at the British Museum’s Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greece exhibition, one of the most outstanding pieces was the Apoxyomenos, see: The Croatian Apoxyomenos.  It was a relatively recent find, discovered by a tourist diving off the…

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Conservation of a Medieval Angel Gabriel

Having just been writing about the conservation of a 1940s Annunciation, Award Win For Lost Wall Paintings ,  I was reminded of a conservation project, for Tobit Curteis Associates, a couple of years ago on a 14th century figure of…

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1960s Wall Paintings at the Marsam/Sheik Ali Hotel, Luxor, Egypt

While working on various conservation projects in the Theban Necropolis in Luxor, including some covered in this blog: Conservation of a New Tomb; The Colossi of Memnon, Thebes, Luxor, Egypt, the teams have stayed at the legendary Marsam/Sheik Ali Hotel….

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3D Replica and the Search for the Tomb of Nefertiti

The search for a hidden tomb behind a wall of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber: Tutankhamun’s Tomb: Evidence Grows for Hidden Chamber, last week resulted in the announcement by Egypt’s antiquities minister Mamdouh Eldamaty that there is an ‘approximately 90 percent’ chance…

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British Museum Initiative for Destroyed Heritage Sites

Having just been writing about the Digital Archaeology  initiative for deliberately threatened heritage, here is a very positive action from the British Museum: British Museum Trains Heritage Curators , directly helping and training locals in the field.  Clearly it is…

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Digital Archaeology

While not exactly about practical conservation work, a news item last month seemed to give a bit of hope for the wider picture of, if not preserving, at least making a record of cultural heritage in danger.  The collaboration was…

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