The conservation of painted photographs

Hendriks, Klaus B.; Dobrusskin, Sebastian (1990). The conservation of painted photographs In: 9th Triennial Meeting, Dresden, German Democratic Republic, 26-31 August 1990 1 (pp. 249-254). ICOM Committee for Conservation, Los Angeles

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The conservation of painted photographs has to consider those factors relating to the photographic properties of the image as well as those conditions that can be dealt with by conventional fine art conservation techniques. The restoration of three painted photographs from the collection of the Höhere Graphische Bundeslehr-und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna, dating from 1854 to 1900, is described. The treatments include inpainting, surface cleaning, consolidation treatments, and matting. In addition to the conservation treatments, an accelerated aging test is described, which was conducted in order to find suitable retouching media for silver-containing photographic images on paper. The results of this investigation were used in the above-mentioned restoration treatments.

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Bern Academy of the Arts
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute Materiality in Art and Culture
Bern Academy of the Arts > HKB Teaching


Hendriks, Klaus B. and
Dobrusskin, Sebastian0000-0003-0326-4960


A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
T Technology > TR Photography




ICOM Committee for Conservation, Los Angeles




Sebastian Dobrusskin

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10 Feb 2021 15:31

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10 Feb 2021 15:31

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painted photograph, silver process, inpainting, accelerated ageing, salted paper print, mounting photographs, tinting photographs, cleaning photographs, consolidation, matting




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