Restoring the Restorations?

Nearly all current conservation and restoration work is carried out on cultural properties that have been restored previously, at least once. And critically, these 19th and 20th century restoration measures shape our current artistic concepts.

This difficult problem of the practical care of Medieval European Murals was the focus for an international conference organised by the German National Committee of  ICOMOS in co-operation with the Hornemann Institute and with the Institute of conservation and restoration of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Goettingen.

The results of this conference have now been published in book form. Knowledgeable articles, accompanied by three hundred illustrations, by more than twenty authors from various European countries describe a variety of art objects granting art historic, conservation and scientific insight into the eventful history of these works. Not only Giotto's Florentine murals and Masaccio's Trinity fresco but also the wall paintings on the World Heritage Island of Reichenau at Lake Constance are presented to the reader in a new light.

Die Restaurierung der Restaurierung?
Zum Umgang mit Wandmalereien und Architekturfassungen des Mittelalters im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert
(Restoring the Restorations?)
in German
ed. by Matthias Exner and Ursula Schädler-Saub
Munich 2002.

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Cover of the book Restaurierung der Restaurierung?; (c) Hornemann Institut