Academic thesis

Kathleen Berger: Glass fragments in historic architectural surfaces The special techniques used in the plaster niche in the Residenz Palace in Dresden: sources, comparative examples, production technology Back
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Abstract: The niche, formerly a lavatory from the Renaissance period with a ground area of about 1x1 m, is located
inside a pillar; it was discovered during reconstruction work in 1986 behind a wall from the early 18th century. Finely executed wall paintings and a polychrome plaster ceiling in the Italian manner from the second half of the 17th century have survived. In addition to a large grotesque mascaron the decoration is ominated by the glitter of very small flat fragments of glass. Research concerning the use of glass fragments (Glasflitter) is reported in the theoretical section. Conservation problems arose from the large
quantity of salts (mainly magnesium sulfate and sodium chloride) resulting from cement injections in the brickwork. The practical work concentrated primarily on securing the very loose parts of the whitewash and the paint.


Keywords: Dresden, 17th century, secret, lavatory, art technology, stucco, glass fragments, source
  • academic institution: Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Heinz Leitner
  • assistant Tutor:  Prof. Dipl. Rest. Dr. Ulrich Schießl
  • date:  2002

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