Instructor: Hubert Baija
Date: October 8-11, 2018
Regular Registration: $1,600
During this workshop we will explore the conservation and restoration of gilded and polychrome wooden objects. The participants are invited to bring a small project for analysis and hands-on experience, for example a picture frame, a statue, or a decorative carving. Ethical and technical aspects of specific conservation choices will be discussed. We will address the use of modern restoration materials on artifacts made with traditional techniques, with the aim to preserve as much original finish as possible, and to intervene in the most reversible ways, if at all. While Gilding Conservation builds on the understanding of traditional techniques taught in the Traditional Gilding course, this understanding is applied within the wider scope of conservation, in which every art object is respected as a unique source of information. In addition to practical work this class offers presentations on case studies in art historical context. Topics include: original finishes and later interventions; visual examination of gilded and polychrome surfaces and stereo microscopy; the role of cross sections; defining the aim of a possible treatment; agreeing with owners, clients or institutions on the treatment approach; documentation, condition reports and restoration reports; selecting specific materials and methods; consolidating gesso, gilding and polychromy; cleaning (balancing the ‘remedy and the disease’); reconstructing ornaments and surface textures; retouching; in-gilding ; integrating of repairs into the original. There will also be a further orientation in the history of picture frames and styles of ornamentation.Participants should bring their favorite hand tools, brushes, work clothes, writing material, a camera and an object to work on. Materials are included in the tuition. Please inform the instructor beforehand of your project, for example with a photograph or a short description. Campbell Center, including the instructor, does not bear responsibility for items which participants bring to the course. Applicants must send resume and receive instructor approval to be admitted into this workshop.
Hubert Baija is a Senior Conservator-Restorer at the Conservation Department of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he is responsible for the conservation of 7000 antique picture frames. After training in chemistry, mineralogy and biology, he studied educational sciences at the University of Amsterdam and completed his studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with internships at the Dutch Cultural Institute, Rome, Italy, at the National Gallery, London,
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England, and at the National Museum of Bayern, Munich, Germany.Mr. Baija has consulted to museums and collectors on the conservation of gilded and polychrome objects. He teaches frame history and conservation at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and at the Metropolia University in Helsinki, Finland. He acted as anExternal Examiner for MA and Ph.D. students in conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium and at the Royal College of Art, London, England. He is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and has served as co-chair of the International Council of Museums, Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC) Wood, Furniture and Lacquer Working Group. He participated in the translation of Framing in the Golden Age by P.J.J. van Thiel and C.J. de Bruijn Kops into English. Hubert Baija has presented and published on historic gilding techniques, on the conservation of picture frames, on the framing of medieval panel paintings, and on the history of picture frames.During thirty five years of dedication to the arts he also illustrated school books and taught drawing and painting.