The Wall Painting Restorer:
Wall painting, along with sculpture, is one of the oldest forms of human art to be passed down through the ages. Unlike polychrome architecture or sculpture, wall paintings constitute independent artistic entities that are bound to a given surface. In the strictest sense, the wall is simply seen as the support of the wall painting, whereas illusionistic painting seeks to give the impression of three-dimensionality and to extend and transform built reality. Wall paintings are often erroneously referred to as frescoes. Technically, however, a fresco applies water-soluble pigments to a fresh, still damp plaster base. It is a specific kind of wall painting and just one of the many techniques used to paint on plaster and stone surfaces.
The restoration and repair or historical wall paintings has been carried out by artists for ages. In the seventeenth century the Roman Baroque painter Carlo Maratta restored the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. In Austria, too, monument restoration was generally carried out by professional painters well into the twentieth century. It is not surprising, therefore, that for quite some time restoration work was associated with “improvements,” “reinterpretations,” and style modifications. The profession of the restorer who specializes in wall paintings is relatively young. In fact, Austria didn’t introduce a university-level course of studies designed specifically to train professionals in this field until just a few years ago.
Adding the skills of the wall painting restorer to our in-house areas of expertise ensures a wider range and scientifically based approach to the conservation tasks often confronted when restoring architectural surfaces.
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