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Mosaic Conservation

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Anne Macdonald

on 15 April 2010

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Mosaic Conservation Lessons Learned The Consevator's Paradox In Situ Probematic Benjamin's Aura Lessons Learned The Conservator's Paradox In Situ Problematics Benjamin's Aura ICCM (1977) Consolidation In Situ Discernible but not detracting Shelter
general criteria
Second generation artist
and medium specificity Case Studies The Last Judgment mosaic
St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague
Antioch marine mosaic
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Lingering problems past methodology
1960's evolution
1977 committee founded Consolidation In Situ
mural painting revolution
holistic approach Areas of Focus and
Lingering Problems
involvement of public
cooperation with specialists
already detached mosaics
training initiative
understand before conserve (10th)
reburial as questionable
site maintenance (cost)
no single formula

detioration of glass tesserae preventative/value-based approach
preserve cultural significance
no immediate intervention
understand history gilding issue reversability --> retreatability goal: stabilize and restore loss compensation
aesthetic value
reintegration based on predictable patterns
Orpheus Mosaic Kourion, Cyprus "Artistic production begins with ceremonial objects destined to serve in a cult. One may assume that what mattered was their existence, not their being on view" balance cult value and exhibition value Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte - 1884 Neo-Impressionism/ Pointillism as a conservation tool
Bernike portait, 300-275 BCE Schematic design of integrated
monitoring profram at
Chedworth Roman Villa Schematic section through a shelter building w/ floor mosaics showing source of moisture activation Italy '77 Deterioration and Conservation
Tunisia '78 Safeguard
Italy '83 Conservation In Situ
Spain '86 Conservation In Situ
Span '89 Conservation In Situ
Portugal '92 Comservation, Protection, Presentation
Cyprus '96 Mosaics as Site
France '99 Mosaics: Conserve to Display?
Greece '02 Wall and Floor Mosaics
Tunisia '05 Lessons Learned: Reflecting on the Theory and Practice of Mosaic Conservation Looting/Antiques Trade Disaggregated Incrustations Microbiological Plant Intrusion Dorchester, England implementation
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