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The challenges of preserving artworks in Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo (Hadrian’s mole or “Castellum Crescentii” in the 10th-12th centuries), also called the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is a monument located on the right bank of the Tiber in Rome, opposite the Pons Aelius (currently called Ponte Sant’Angelo), not far from the Vatican, in the Borgo district. it connects to Vatican City via the fortified corridor known as the “passetto”. The...
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Lotuses and Artefacts - Hangzhou, China, 23-24 August 2018

Hangzhou is a pleasant city with a population of around 9 million (2015), located in the Chinese Province of Zhejiang, approximately 1 hour by train south of Shanghai. It is located near the end of the Grand Canal , the oldest and longest man-made waterway in the world, built to connect Beijing with Ningbo, on the eastern coast, and support commerce to and from the capital;...
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Humidity control in museums and libraries

The materials used to make the conserved artworks are the same as those already examined: canvas, wood, paper, parchment; nonetheless, the conservation of these requires limits that are much stricter than those relating to the material alone. An alteration in the dimensions of the canvas of a painting may cause the paint to peel; the same effect with wood may produce cracks in the...
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Artworks sensitivity to relative humidity

The characteristics of materials used to make works of art change based on relative humidity. In particular, their moisture content tends to reach equilibrium with the humidity in the surrounding air. Fluctuations in relative humidity cause objects to change size , either expanding or contracting, resulting in deformations and even, over time, breakage . Materials that have these...
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The materials used in artworks and their reactions to fluctuations in relative humidity

As seen in our post Artworks sensitivity to relative humidity , the characteristics of materials used to make artworks change according to the relative humidity of the surrounding air. In this post we will describe the impact of variations in humidity on the appearance and structure of such materials. Wood It is well known that wood has a significant moisture content , both...
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