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Science and technologies of the materials and of the environment for the protection of stained-glass and stone monuments

Funded under: FP5-EESD


This publication contains the lectures of the European advanced study course: Sciences and technologies of the materials and of the environment for the protection of stained glass and stone monuments, held in Paris (FR) from 7 to 18 September 1998 and organized in the Louvre Laboratory by the Universite Paris XII, as part of the Environment and Climate programme of the European Commission.

After the presentation of the nature and properties of the two materials studied, i. e. stone and glass, the environmental science applied to monuments is described in terms of physics and chemistry of the atmosphere, microclimate and atmospheric pollution. The weathering of stone and glass on facades and stained-glass windows by air pollution, salts, micro-organisms and organic compounds is described and analysed, including methods of study in the field and in the laboratory.

The case studies focus on two major Paris monuments which are included in the Unesco World List of Cultural Heritage: the Louvre Palace and the Holy Chapel, known worldwide for their architecture and their modern and ancient glass, the pyramid and medieval stained-glass windows.

This volume represents the most up-to-date knowledge derived from strong multidisciplinary cooperation between leading scientists, technicians and conservators from renowned universities and cultural heritage research organizations. They are not only familiar with the theoretical and academic world, but operate actively in the field and in the laboratory, often within the framework of European Commission research projects concerning the protection of stone and glass monuments.

Additional information

Authors: LEFEVRE R-A (EDITOR), Universite Paris XII, Paris (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19457 EN (2001), pp. 243. Euro: 35.50
Availability: Available from EUR-OP sales agent
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-0990-8
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