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St George and the Dragon

Over the last month I have worked with my colleague, conservator of polychrome sculpture, Seppe Roels, on his project on a couple of pieces of beautiful 16th century polychrome wooden sculpture, in Belgium. The pieces were from M Museum, in…

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Hidden Layers Beneath a Painting’s Surface

I came across this fascinating article about an interactive interface created by Met Media Lab intern Betty Quinn, which allows museum visitor to explore the hidden layers of paintings.  The technology used to produce this interface were non-invasive imaging techniques…

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Icons, Woodworm, Cleaning and Conservation

At the conservation department of the Benaki Museum in Athens, where I worked several years ago, many icons were treated, both from the museum collection and in private ownership.  I had the privilege of being involved in their conservation; in particular…

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Pigments Checker

Another really useful conservation tool from Cultural Heritage Science Open Source, following on from the Multispectral Imaging for Art initiative, is their Pigments Checker for historical pigments. It has 54 swatches of historical pigments designed for infrared photography, ultraviolet photography and…

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Alloue Revisited

My final project of the summer has been another phase of work on the private domestic wall painting in the Charente, which I have been involved with for several years, see Domestic Wall Painting Alloue, France. It is an 18th…

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Tutankhamun: Tomb Reconstruction

Further to the earlier posts on visual interpretations: Bamiyan Buddhas, and Virtual Restoration, as well as the recent news coverage about the tomb, a piece about the reconstruction of the Tomb of Tutankhamun seems apposite. This project was started in…

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Northampton Museum Sekhemka

While not exactly about conservation, the case of the Northampton museum Sekhemka, sold amid outrage at auction last year, which lead to the barring of the museum from the Museum’s Association membership, the loss of  its Arts Council accreditation, and…

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More Analysis For Pigments

As well as the non invasive analytical methods already mentioned in this blog (Non Invasive Diagnostics for Paintings) when appropriate, and where traditional sampling can be undertaken, pigment identification through polarized light microscopy  is a particularly helpful as a quick…

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Non Invasive Diagnostics For Paintings

This summer I attended an excellent two week lab workshop run by Simone Caglio, a specialist in analysis and non invasive diagnostics for art work.  The course was held at the laboratories of Open Care in Milan – and covered…

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Sibleys Wall Paintings

This was a project in summer 2015 to stabilise areas of surviving domestic wall painting in a late medieval private house in East Anglia. The areas of wall painting treated were upstairs, and were thought to date from the early…

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