Thanks to the kind collaboration with Misa Asp Conservation Studio in Stockholm, we delivered our 3-days Training program in Sweden, this February 12-14 2018. We focused on the 2 most effective methods specifically for wall paintings. We had the opportunity to practice on the case study of the medieval Jumkil church and we could collect informative data. The Training took place in the breathtaking Swedish countryside close to Uppsala in the Krosta Gard farm B&B. This beautiful rural location hosts the Jumkil church where Misa Asp conservation Studio had almost completed a conservation treatment of its wall paintings. This was a perfect spot to test and practice our methods for art examination focusing on wall paintings.
During our Training programs, the students practiced the equipment and learned how to produce and interpret all the set of output data. The first-day we presented our Technical Photography kit to realize a set of broad spectral images. On the second day, we practiced Technical Photography in the Jumkil church in the morning and in the afternoon we presented Gorgias, our Reflectance Spectrometer for Art examination. Eventually, the Third day we got back to the church for further practice and analysis with Gorgias.
Jumkil church was built at the beginning of the 14th century and still retains much of the appearance it received then. Externally, only the Brick Gothic church porch is of later date, being added in the 16th century. Internally, the church received brick vaults in the 15th century, of which those in the choir are decorated with frescos by an unknown medieval master, depicting (among other motifs) the Coat of arms of Sweden and that of Jakob Ulvsson and Sten Sture the Elder. These wall paintings were the focus of our practice.
1st Day. Technical Photography
The first day is all about Technical Photography. We practiced with Pigments Checker to understand what information we can get from these images to identify pigments.
2nd Day. Practising Technical Photography on wall paintings
The second day was dedicated to practice technical photography documentation of the wall paintings of the Jumkil church.
3rd Day. Technical Photography and Reflectance Spectroscopy for wooden sculptures
Several medieval furnishings have been preserved in the church. The oldest is the baptismal font, dating from the late 12th century and thus pre-dating the church itself. It was probably made on Gotland by the master stonemason sometimes referred to as Master Semi-Byzantios. In addition, there are several wooden sculptures of saints housed in the church, including depictions of Mary and Saint Olaf which was the subject of the 3rd-day examination.
Training for Institutions
Interested to learn our practical methods for art examination? You can invite us to deliver a training program in your location and institution. We have been serving a large community of worldwide institutes (click to see the list).
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Q. What kind of location would you need to host your classes?
A. We just have few requirements. We need a room that can be made dark. The darker the better. We need to practice photographic methods such as UVF and IRF which require a dark space. We need power, both 110 (such as the US) or 220 V (as in Europe). Our equipment is designed to work in any Country.
Q. Should we also consider other costs such as materials?
A. No, our quote will cover everything.
Q. Should we ask participants to bring additional equipment with them?
A. No, we provide the training with our own traveling equipment.
Q. We appreciate your work and our Institution would like to invite you over to learn your methods. We’ll pay travel and lodging. Are you interested?
A. We are sorry, but we cannot accept your offer. CHSOS is a non-governmental initiative and it is sustained only by the community of art professionals and institutions that request our services: the Technical examination of art, Training programs, and our Tools. Indeed, we receive a number of invitations from Universities and Institutions from many Countries which we would really like to visit, but we cannot provide our services without charging our fee.
Q. Should we prepare material (paintings, manuscripts, drawing) to be analyzed during the training program?
A. It is not necessary. We bring our set of test panels which are sufficient to illustrate the methods and practice. On the other hand, we strongly encourage the hosting institution to provide access to selected art or archaeology pieces to be tested during the training. We suggest choosing colored objects since they are the most interesting to be analyzed with our imaging and spectroscopy methods.
Q. We are an institution working mostly on manuscripts conservation and we are interested in your training. Which one is a more effective solution for us? Sending one of our staff to attend your training in Italy or request a training program in our place?
We recommend institutions to request a training program in their location rather than send one of their staff to our training program organized in Italy. Having CHSOS in your institution for the a training program will benefit all of your art professionals staff. Generally, we get contacted by conservation scientists who understand more these scientific techniques. On the other hand, our training programs are aimed at the large audience of art professionals without specific science education, such as conservators, art historians, curators, registrars. Consequently, while the training program is usually requested by the conservation scientists in the institution, the lectures are enjoyed by all the staff with different academic backgrounds.
This training is actually a valid means for the scientists to present and promote the adoption of these scientific methods among their colleagues. Conservators, art historians, curators, they all can see what these techniques can provide to benefit their respective research and conservation workflow. Another important point about requesting training directly in your institution is that we can actually visit your laboratory. We can suggest you specific tools for your particular workflow, we can indicate how to upgrade equipment that you already own, we can test and tune up your tools. The bottom line is that a training program in your institution has a much more assessable impact that just sending one of your staff in Italy to us.