Conservation-Restoration of 19th Century Paintings from the Brdo Castle near Kranj

ZELEZNIK posterAuthor: Lara Železnik
Mentor: Lucija Močnik Ramovš; MA, Associate Professor

Department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master's Study Programme Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Specialization: Paintings and Polychrome Sculpture (1st year of study)

The four paintings were presumably made in the 19th century by an unknown artist in the technique of oil on canvas. They are part of an extensive collection of works of art by Slovene artists intended to decorate rooms of the Brdo Castle, which holds protocol events of the Republic of Slovenia at the highest level.
Through conservation-restoration procedures on the paintings, we faced a series of problems and issues which made us rethink our work approach. At first sight, all four paintings had similar problems to address; deformation of the textile support and yellowed varnish with surface dirt. During conservation-restoration procedures, we discovered that the textile supports were highly sensitive to moisture. Any introduction of water, even in minimal quantity and shape, could lead to extreme shrinkage of canvas and considerable tent-shaped picture layers in the final phase. Consequently, the emphasis was placed on conservation-restoration treatments with a minimum usage of water.

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Short biography
LARA ŽELEZNIK was born in Maribor. She graduated at the Faculty of Education in Maribor in the Department of Fine Arts (2nd-degree program). She continued her studies at the Wood Technology School - Higher Vocational College; program Design of Materials – Wood. Now she is a 1st-year student of the Master's Study Programme Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Ljubljana, specializing in Conservation/Restoration of Paintings and Polychrome Sculpture.

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