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Invited Lectures

“Knowledge and professional experience in fine arts – the path from knowledge of the materials to the technological application”

We cordially invite you to the fourth interdisciplinary conference ALMA, which will take place on 21. to 22. 11. 2012 (excursions on 23.11.) in a historic setting of Strahov Monastery in Prague. On the conference, there will be, besides registered contributions, five invited lectures given by leading European experts in their respective fields:

Marcin Kozarzewski (Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Monument Service, Poland)
Medieval Painted Castle in Lidzbark Warmiński – the Bohemian track in Northern Poland

Marcin Kozarzewski is a highly regarded restorer with more than twenty five years of professional experience. He graduated in restoration of paintings and polychromies on the Faculty of Fine Arts of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He completed educational stays on the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Sofia and in Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence. He worked as an associate professor with specialization on wall paintings at the university in Toruń. Since 1996, he has been a lecturer at the Department of Restoration of wall paintings and polychromies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. As a restorer, he worked e.g. in Hungary and Egypt. In 1997 – 2004, he was a consultant of the Polish Minister of Culture. In 2002 – 2005, he took part in a European research program “Friendly Heating: both comfortable for people and compatible with conservation of art works preserved in churches”. In 2004, he established his own restoration company called Monument Service. He has authored more than a dozen publications and he participated in several tens of conferences and exhibitions. He obtained a Hungarian Meritorious Cross for his excellent work.


Anabelle Kriznar (University of Ljublana, Slovenia)
Interdisciplinary approach to medieval wall paintings in Slovenia; between art history and material analysis

Anabelle Kriznar Has studied Art History and Hispanic language at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Ljubljana, where she also continued her postgraduate studies in Art History. In her PhD she specialized in materials and techniques of medieval wall paintings, being the first art historian in Slovenia dealing with scientific analysis of pigments, support and binders. As a research fellow, she continues collaborating with the same Department, carrying out mostly studies on gothic wall paintings. She has finished several courses on painting techniques and material analysis, and also worked in several important research centres (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Viena, Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, The British Museum in London, the SRAL in Maastricht…), which helped her later at lecturing at the University of Primorska (Slovenija). Currently she has a research contract at the University of Seville (Centro nacional de Aceleradores, Faculty of Physics) where she analyses 15th and 16th century panel paintings and polychrome sculpture of the Fine Arts Museum of Seville by non-destructive techniques (UV light, IR spectroscopy, X-Ray fluorescence). She participated in many national and international conferences, has published two books on wall painting, several book chapters and has over 40 scientific articles.


Caroline Cardell (University of Granada, Spain)
Painting Materials and Technological Evolution of Islamic Polychrome Art of the Nasrid Dynasty in Granada, Southern Spain

Caroline Cardell graduated in geology and restoration at the University of Granada, where she currently works as a professor at the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology. In the field of cultural heritage, she focuses mainly on the study of historic building, painting and archaeological materials and their interactions with surrounding environment while applying the newest analytical techniques and processes. In the past, she worked at the universities in Belgium, France, Greece and Spain. She participated in 15 research projects. Currently, she directs two of them that are focused on analysis of painting materials of selected Andalusian monuments, such as e.g. Alhambra in Granada. Since 2008, she has participated in research of archaeological monuments in Aswan in Egypt. She is author or co-author of 35 publications listed in Journal Citation Report, 80 conference contributions and two books. She is an editor of the Open Spectroscopy Journal and is a long-time member of the expert network for the cultural and natural heritage in Spain.


Valentina Pintus (Vienna University of Technology and Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria)
Synthetic Materials Used in Modern and Contemporary Art and Their UV Ageing Studies

Valentina Pintus graduated in the science and technology for conservation and restoration of cultural heritage at the universities in Cagliari a Bologna. Since 2009, she has studied in doctoral programs at the Vienna University of Technology and Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. On the latter, she also works as an assistant professor at the Department for Natural Science and Technology in Art, which is headed by prof. Manfred Schreiner. She focuses on the study of modern painting materials and their degradation, which is a new and much-needed field that so far does not get enough attention. Even though Valentina Pintus is still a student of a doctoral programme, she is author or co-author of 8 scientific papers and 17 conference contributions.


Monica Galeotti (Opificio delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro, Florence, Italy)
Revealing Renaissance Masterpieces: Combining Experience, Traditional and Cutting Edge Technologies to Bring Back to Life Three Terracotta Madonna con Bambino

Monica Galeotti got a PhD. degree in Chemistry at the University of Florence in 1996. She has been working at the Scientific Laboratory of the OPD since 2005. Her fields of interest are diagnostic investigation of polychrome terracotta and jewellery objects. She is also working on the monitoring of outdoor stone artefacts, mainly by the means of non-invasive techniques. She also works as a lecturer at the OPD School for Conservators belonging to the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage. She is co-author of around 10 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. In 2009, she edited (along with D. Pinna and R. Mazzeo) a book called Scientific Examination for the Investigation of Paintings: A Handbook for Conservators-Restorers. She is the reference person of the OPD for the activity ARCHLAB of the European Project CHARISMA. She will present a paper concerning a complex approach to artworks conservation and restoration that combines science and traditional skills.