Academic thesis

Susanne Sandner: 48 Marble Objects of the Kunstkammer of the KHM - conservational survey. Cleaning Marble Surfaces in Museum Collections. Back
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Abstract: Numerous marble objects are planned for the re-installation of the collection of the Kunstkammer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna scheduled to reopen in 2008. A total of 48 busts, reliefs and sculptures are recorded in a detailed conservational survey which is the basis of this thesis. In a second step both data and results are examined and analysed. Thus differently-defined states of preservation enable the specification of different degrees of restoration requirements. After a thorough discussion of soiling, cleaning and patina, historical methods and current cleaning techniques on marble surfaces in museum collections are discussed. The thesis’ practical aspect involves the evaluation of a test series to find suitable cleaning methods. Exemplary cleaning performance is carried out on two selected objects.

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  • academic institution:  Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  o. Univ.-Prof. Mag.art. Dr.phil. Gabriela Krist
  • assistant Tutor:  -
  • date:  2006
  • Language:  German
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