Academic thesis

Lilian Sophie Mergerlin: Portrait of Sophie von Henneberg. Examination, Conservation and Restoration of a 17th Century Canvas Painting Mounted on Its Decorative Frame Back
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Abstract: Subject of this thesis is the technological examination, conservation, and restoration of an early 17th
century portrait of Sophie von Henneberg. The painting on canvas is not mounted on a traditional
stretcher, but instead a􀀐ached to the back of its decorative frame.
This unusual construction is examined in depth and compared to objects with a similar way of
stretching the canvas.
Besides technological aspects, existing damages are investigated, and appropriate measures of
conservation and restoration are conceptualized and carried out. The desire to keep the original
stretching construction intact during treatment influences the approach to these measures. All
treatments must be executable with the canvas mounted to the frame and must not pose any
aesthetic impairments to the back of the canvas.


  • academic institution: Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dr. Ursula Haller
  • assistant Tutor:  Prof. Ivo Mohrmann
  • date:  2023
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  62
  • pictures:  120

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