Conservation-restoration treatment on the painting Landscape with Lake

DJELMO posterAuthor: Ena Đelmo
Mentor: Associate Professor Lucija Močnik Ramovš

Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Study programme: Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art 
Specialization: Easel paintings and polychrome objects (1st year of the Master's programme)


The conservation-restoration treatment of the painting Landscape with a Lake started in December 2013. The painting (56.01 cm × 91.5 cm) was made in 1918 (signature marking) by an unknown artist using the technique of oil on canvas. The painting was in a very bad condition, obviously due to inappropriate storage and handling. The painting was deformed. It had tears and many lumps and dents caused by mechanical impact. Since the canvas had gone slack, the lines of the inner edges of the stretcher bars were clearly discernible on its surface. The main goal of conservation-restoration treatment was to remove the causes of the painting’s decay (surface dirt), stabilize its overall condition, reinforce the canvas and the paint layers and improve the readability of the scene. Because of a previous conservation treatment, the emphasis was placed on the compatibility of materials.

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Short biography

ENA ĐELMO was born in Rijeka in 1989. After graduating from the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka in the field of graphic (the subject of her master's thesis was Surrealism and children's picture books), Ena enrolled in the Department of Conservation of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She is currently a first-year master's student.