Applied Brocade. Art Technology and Conservation-Restoration

SARTORI posterAuthor: Erica Sartori
Mentors: Miladi Makuc Semion, Associate Professor; Martina Vuga, MA, Teaching Assistant

Department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Study programme: First-Cycle Bachelor's Programme of Study in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Specialization: Polychrome Wooden Sculpture (3rd year of study)


Applied brocade is a decorative technique found mainly on wooden supports. Its goal is to imitate the three-dimensional appearance of brocade by shaping a tin foil in a mould, gilding it and gluing it to the support. The technical studies, based on the motifs of the existing tin reliefs, follow the instructions found in medieval receipts and recent publications. The technical and historical study of applied brocade laid the groundwork for the conservation treatment of a 16th century reliquary bust which,  due to the extreme fragility of the relief, was mainly focused on consolidation.

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Short biography

Born in Trieste in 1994, ERICA SARTORI studies conservation-restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, and is currently working on her bachelor’s thesis on a decorative technique used on wooden objects and known as applied brocade. She has been an intern at the conservation department of the National Gallery of Slovenia, and is currently on an internship at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels, Belgium, where she works in the Department of Polychrome Wooden Sculpture.