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Improved protection of paintings during exhibition, storage and transit

Improved protection of paintings during exhibition, storage and transit

Objective

Paintings are among the most important and most visited masterpieces in European museums, galleries and exhibition facilities. To preserve the paintings as close as possible to the artists' original expression, is a central focus for national authorities, museum administrators and technical conservators. An important part of this work is to protect the paintings against the degrading influences of the various indoor environments. Specially designed microclimates are more and more used for this purpose.

There is a growing concern about the nature of the microclimate which develops over time in these enclosed spaces and its potential for damage to the paintings. The main aim of PROPAINT is to develop innovative protection treatments used as a preventive conservation measure for paintings during exhibition, storage and transit. The project will execute research on the protective effect of microclimate-frames, particularly focusing on the microclimate paintings are exposed to inside the frames. PROPAINT will undertake research on the protective effect of varnishes applied to paintings generally and specifically inside microclimate frames.

Measurements of the state of microenvironments in microclimate frames and the potential deteriorating effects on paintings will be made both in the laboratory and in the field by using, the first time simultaneously, dosimeters developed in previous EC projects. Appropriateness and synergies of their integrated use will be evaluated. The results of the project will allow improved design of microclimate frames to offer best possible microclimates for conservation of paintings during exhibition, storage and transit.

The project will contribute with improved comparative knowledge about microclimate effects on varnishes applied to paintings as remediation surface treatments. The project results will also contribute to preventive conservation measures and standards for microclimate control of paintings.

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Coordinator

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING

Address

Instituttveien 18
Kjeller

Norway

Administrative Contact

Elin DAHLIN (Dr)

Participants (6)

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BIRKBECK COLLEGE - UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

DET KONGELIGE DANSKE KUNSTAKADEMI

Denmark

SIT TRANSPORTES INTERNACIONALES SA

Spain

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

Germany

MUZEUM NARODOWE W KRAKOWIE

Poland

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 44254

  • Start date

    1 February 2007

  • End date

    31 January 2010

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 010 600

  • EU contribution

    € 770 000

Coordinated by:

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING

Norway