Academic thesis

Maja Streblow: Concept for the consolidation and conservation of an early Christian polychrome limestone sculpture from the Sculpture Collection of the National Museums in Berlin Back
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Abstract: Despite numerous studies, the consolidation and
conservation of polychrome painted works of art
is a current field of research, as the conference of
the Association of Restorers in March 2019
showed. The central topic was the particular
challenges of polychrome works of art, including
the complex conservation and restorative issues
involved in dealing with damaged surface
structures, as well as the ethical
aspects due to an altered perception of the
colourfulness of the works of art. They provide
the first remarks on the problematic nature of
painted works of art. The art-technological
investigation of a polychrome-painted limestone
picture support from the Sculpture Collection of
the National Museums in Berlin forms the
cornerstone for approaching a conservation
solution to these challenges. The work provides
an overview of the current condition of the work
of art, which conservation and restoration
measures are suitable for its consolidation and
which methods can be applied in a way that is
gentle on the object. A conservation and
restoration concept is developed on the basis of
extensive literature research, the results of
analyses and tried and tested materials and
methods. Central questions of conservation ethics are formulated and discussed before practical implementation.


  • academic institution: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
  • kind of theses:  Masterarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dr. Alexandra Jeberien
  • assistant Tutor:  Karin Schinken
  • date:  2021

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