When Conservation Meets Engineering: Predicting Damaging Effects of Vibrations on Pastel Paintings [S-20-54]

Presenter:Marcias Martinez
Location: SUNY Potsdam: Kellas 101
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 1:00 PM 03/09

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Pastel paintings are one of the most fragile types of art objects. When handling loan requests, conservators lack scientific data to assess the risk for damage in transport and thus, for making decisions whether paintings can be transported. A research project was initiated in 2014 to investigate the effect of vibrations on the condition of pastel paintings and to determine under what conditions they can be transported with minimum risk for damage due to vibrations.

Dr. Martinez has been developing a “Holistic Structural Integrity Process” for aerospace structures. However, during his time in Europe (Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace), he had an opportunity to apply some of his research to the art and conservation field of pastel paintings… thus, Conservation Meets Engineering!

Cap: 54

Cap: 54

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