Academic thesis

Esther Dittmer: Studies regarding the polychromy of the stucco monument of Anna Selbdritt, dated around 1300, in the church of Saint Nicolas in Stralsund Back
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Abstract: The medieval sculpture of Anna Selbdritt is uniquely assembled from stucco and oak wood. It was
substantially endangered by water damage to its structural wooden supports. The most various methods
were necessary for its conservation. They included a detailed investigation of the technical construction of the piece and its state of preservation, the transfer of the sculpture with the aid of a special auxiliary construction, the setup of an air-conditioned winter workshop within the church, the completion of the
damaged wooden base panel, the wood consolidation of several parts of the throne, the removal and
treatment of fungus-infested wood, the design and construction of an aerated base, the conservation of
corroded metal joints, the cleaning of the surface, the consolidation of paint fragments, a defined
retouche and arrangements on location to guarantee an ideal display of the sculpture in the ambulatory.
Based on the examination of remaining paint fragments, it is attempted in the theoretical section to reconstruct the paint composition and principles of design in so far as this is possible.


Keywords: High middle ages, stucco wood construction, water damages, wood consolidation, wood completion, surface cleaning, paint conservation, reconstruction of polychromy
  • academic institution: Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dipl.-Rest. Dr. Ulrich Schießl
  • assistant Tutor:  Roland Möller
  • date:  2002
  • Language:  German

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