Applied Art of Intarsia

PEREZA posterAuthor: Ante Pereza
Mentors: Andrej Aranicki, MA, Associate Professor; Maja Sučević Miklin, Assistant Lecturer

Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Sculpture (3rd year of study)


The poster presents the work of the Croatian master of modern intarsia Antun Župan (1912–1983) and the conservation and restoration works done on two of his artworks, both of which are wooden tables decorated with inlays and produced in 1954. In addition to the presentation of new materials and techniques, the authors of the poster we faced with the issue of approach to intarsia as a medium and means of artistic expression, and as an aesthetically valuable work of art with. The state of the artworks before the restoration are presented, from the damage inflicted by negligence, mechanical damages caused by the use of the objects for everyday purposes, to inadequate repairs and the common problems of all wooden objects, such as biological, physical and chemical damage. The authors believe that by carrying out the analysis and testing the materials, by analysing the causes of deterioration and the ways of protection based on the ethical principles of the profession, the quality of the future conservation and restoration interventions on objects like these will increase.

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Short biography

ANTE PEREZA was born in 1996, at Split. In 2009 he enrolled into the Vocational School of Woodprocessing in Zagreb, and graduated in 2013. In 2015 he enrolled into the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art, Sculpture.