The Sacristy of the Mosteiro de São Martinho of Tibães (Portugal): To Exemplify the preservation of a Unique Historic Ensemble

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The sacristy of the monastery of Tibães gives evidence of two decorative Programmes, undertaken in this interior in 1680-1683 (Baroque) and 1754-1764 (Rococo). Different cultural properties were thus combined to create a perfect symbolic and aesthetic unity: full-sized terracotta statues (painted twice over), polychrome altarpiece and busts reliquaries, gilded and carved wooden frames, paintings on canvas, looking glasses, chests and chairs. Extreme humidity conditions were verified in the sacristy during decades, due to chronic infiltrations, ascendant damp and less of care in surrounding areas. The consequences were disastrous for some artworks, in particular for one terracotta statue and one painting, not disregarding furniture, putting at risk the harmony of each matching ensemble. Options for consolidating supports and paint layers privileged synthetic adhesives. In the sacristy still in use, restoration was considered an essential issue for furniture by replacing very infected parts, ironworks and locks, to ensure its function.
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Title of host publicationICOM-CC Five working groups Proceedings: Multidisciplinary Conservation: a Holistic View for Historic Interiors / Rome / 23-26 March 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
EventICOM-CC Five working groups Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …


ConferenceICOM-CC Five working groups Conference
Period1/01/10 → …

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