Academic thesis

Agathe Boruszczak: The stabilisation of a painting of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna exemplified by a massive infestation by biscuit beetles. Back
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Abstract: A glue-paste lining, dated to the beginning of the 20th century was the key aspect to some unusual damage which was discovered on a portrait of Francesco Petrarca from the 17th century by an unknown artist. The focus of this thesis is the evaluation of the planned treatments aimed at the stabilization of a de-lined and temporarily secured support which could no longer fulfill its original function. The loss of the original linen support amounted to approximately 30% due to infestation by biscuit beetles (Stegobium paniceum). The conservation and restoration involved filling in the larvae tunnels with a fibrous pulp as well as relining. For this purpose, a series of tests were performed, with consideration given to the different adhesives and also interleaves. The principle objective of conservation of this painting was to deliver an aesthetically pleasing appearance.


Keywords: stabilisation, fibrous pulp, lining, biscuit beetles, interleave
  • academic institution: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriela Krist
  • assistant Tutor:  -
  • date:  2013
  • Language:  German

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