Academic thesis

Imogen Grönninger: Between Tradition and Custom: Examination, conservation and restoration of a baroque encased nativity scene of the Salzburg Museum collection (dimensions: 83,5 x 67 x 34 cm) Back
Language: Original   -   Translation
Abstract: The thesis deals with an encased nativity scene from the 18th century which is kept at the Salzburg Museums collection. The main part of the project was the identification of a large variety of materials used to create this object (wood, paper, clay, glass, metal, textile, plants, snail shells, shells and corals) and the development and implementation of a conservation strategy.
The results of this studies enabled a better understanding of the nativity scene`s construction resulting in tailor-made conservation measures.
The treatment included removal of surface dirt, filling in areas of loss, stabilization of structural elements and ­consolidation of fragile areas in the wooden parts damaged by pest infestation. Materials which had been introduced during previous restorations were removed and damages of the water sensitive paint layer were retouched. The project concludes with a discussion of historical illumination of encased nativity scenes and possible implementations with modern materials.


Keywords: nativity scene, crib, complex materials, replenishment, retouching of water-sensitive paint layer, illuminating concepts
  • academic institution: Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  o.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dipl.Ing. Wolfgang Baatz
  • assistant Tutor:  Mag. Dr. Isabella Kaml
  • date:  2017
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  223
  • pictures:  335

The Hornemann Institute offers only the information displayed here. For further information or copies of academic work, please contact the author or - if there is no contact provided - the secretariats of the respective faculties.