Academic thesis

Aurelia Berger: THE PAINTING COLLECTION IN THE VESTMENT CHAMBER, MELK ABBEY. Collection care and development of a conservation concept Back
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Abstract: This thesis deals with the collection of 23 canvas paintings in the vestment chamber of Melk Abbey in
Lower Austria. Due to the art historical research, the majority of the artworks, most likely created around
1750, can be attributed to Joseph Grebmer († 1772). Scientific examination and instrumental diagnosis
substantiate the assessment of the collection´s condition and the materials and techniques used by the
artist. The obtained information is digitalised in a database. Environmental conditions in the vestment
chamber were measured and improvements of the paintings´ presentation were suggested to minimalize
the risk of further damage. Additionally, measures for the preservation of the paintings were implemented,
i. a. dry surface cleaning and the improvement of the framing. Furthermore, a detailed concept for the
conservation is developed.


Keywords: Baroque paintings, Collection care, development of conservation concept, climate-induced damages, database, discussion about backing systems
  • academic institution: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriela Krist
  • assistant Tutor:  -
  • date:  2018
  • Language:  German

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