The marble statue of the Emperor Augustus from Nin

UGRINA posterAuthor: Helena Ugrina, MA
Mentor: Assistant Professor Siniša Bizjak

Arts Academy in Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Stone (studies completed)


This poster displays the conservation - restoration works on Roman marble statue (1st century) showing the posthumous Emperor Augustus. It represents just a part of the group of statues discovered during the 18th century archeological excavations in Nin. The statue belonged to the Danielli historical collection, called after it's founder dr. Danielli Tomasini who assembled the largest and most valuable collection of antiquities in Dalmatia, in the first half of the 18th century. In 1882, the collection came into possession of the seminary in Udine and later on they sold out the entire collection in an auction all over the Europe. In 1928 they were returned to Zadar.
Besides mechanical cleaning of the statue, the main challenge of the project was to ensure stability of the statue because it was surrounded with scaffolding in the lobby of the museum. Since instruments (like Cobalt 60) were not availble, the conservation and restoration staff of the Arts Academy decided to drill holes through the length of the brass fixings, and measure their depth using an endoscope camera. Stability is finally proven and statue of Emperor Augustus now stands freely in the newly opened antique department in the Archaeological Museum in Zadar.

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Short biography

HELENA UGRINA was born in Split, 1989. After having completed, in 2008, School of Design, Graphic Art and Sustainable Development, she worked briefly as a graphic designer. In 2009, she enrolled in the Conservation-restoration Department of the Art Academy, Split. As a student, she held a presentation at the 9th and 11th International Conference of Conservation-Restoration Students, in 2012 and 2014. Over Erasmus programme, she spent last summer on an internship in Berlin. In February 2015, she graduated conservation-restoration of stone. The subject of her masters thesis was "The conservation - restoration treatment of the marble statue of Emperor Augustus from Nin".