Newsletter April 2003


  1. New: volume 5 of the Hornemann Institute's series of publications
  2. Work in progress: A bibliography for the conservation history of
    medieval mural paintings in Europe

  3. Database of university theses and dissertations
  4. Exhibition


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

with this newsletter, we would like to draw your attention to some of
our recent publications.

1. New: volume 5 of the Hornemann Institute's series of publications

A Restoration of a Restoration?

Nearly all preservation measures carried out today are on objects of
cultural heritage that have already previously undergone restoration.
Indeed, we owe our present perception of art to restoration measures
conducted over the past 200 years.
In 2001, an international colloquium was held in Hildesheim on this
topic using the European medieval mural paintings as an example. The
conclusions of this colloquium are presented in this publication. Over
twenty authors from different European countries contributed with
articles on a variety of art objects. These interesting reports and over
300 illustrations give a fairly accurate account of the vicissitudinous
histories of these objects of art from a historical, conservation and
scientific point of view. The reader is not only granted new insight in
the Florentine murals of Giotto and the trinity fresco of Masaccio but
also in the mural paintings on the UNESCO World Heritage island of
Reichenau on Lake Constance in Germany. Dealt with in Lower Saxony are,
ia., the cycles of mural paintings in the Cathedral of Braunschweig and
in the Romanesque village church in Melverode as well as the colorful
Romanesque "Glorifications" in St. Michael.

It can be ordered for 39,00 Euro via our website or via email address



2. Work in progress: A bibliography for the conservation history of
medieval mural paintings in Europe
The bibliography for the conservation history of medieval mural
paintings in Europe, commentated by Prof. Ursula Schädler-Saub of the
University of Applied Arts and Sciences of
Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, published in the new book is now
available on our website under "publications". This bibliography is
intended as a first step in systematically compiling publications,
documentations and manuscripts on the subject of the history of mural
painting conservation in Europe. It is not confined to the restoration
of murals depicting figurative representations but also includes
architectural coloring and architectural surfaces in general. In
addition to brief references to publications giving an overall view on
European conservation history, the bibliography contains references to
the literature on the history of conservation in Italy, Germany,
Austria, Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Denmark and Sweden.
This bibliography is meant to be a work in progress. Please contribute
and help expand it. Most desirable would be bibliographies of European
countries not listed. Please send your tips to our email address and we will check  immediately and add it mentioning your name.



3. Database of university theses and dissertations
Reception of the new functions of our offer of a free online databank of
abstracts and further information concerning university theses and
dissertations was very positive.
The latest complete text available for downloading is Dr. Jeroen
Heyrman`s dissertation entitled "Polyphasic Characterization of the
Bacterial Community Associated with Biodeterioration of Mural Paintings".


4. Exhibition
From May 12th to June 13th, the exhibition "das vernichtete Erbe"
(Destroyed Heritage) will be presented in Hildesheim showing destroyed
17th and 18th century Polish wooden synagogues. These synagogues were
once an inherent part of the appearance of many small Polish towns and
Realized by the Polish Association of Conservationists of National
Monuments and shown for the first time at the international fair
"denkmal 2002" in Leipzig, the German language exhibition shows the
significant monuments and their extraordinary architecture in word,
photographs and blue prints.

Place: University of Applied Sciences Hildesheim,
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Hohnsen 2, 1st floor

Best regards,
your team at the Hornemann Institute