Four Reliquary Busts from the former Monastery of Madre de Deus: Study and Conservation

  • Diana Cunha Research Centre for Science and Techonology of the Arts (CITAR), School of Arts, Portuguese Catholic University, Porto, Portugal
  • Carolina Barata Research Centre for Science and Techonology of the Arts (CITAR), School of Arts, Portuguese Catholic University, Porto, Portugal/GEOBIOTHEC, GeoBiosciences, GeoTechnologies and GeoEngineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Alexandre Pais Research Centre for Science and Techonology of the Arts (CITAR), School of Arts, Portuguese Catholic University, Porto, Portugal/GEOBIOTHEC, GeoBiosciences, GeoTechnologies and GeoEngineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Resumo

This article describes the conservation and restoration treatments as well as the historical and analytical study carried out on four reliquary busts from the former Monastery of Madre de Deus, in Lisbon, currently the National Azulejo Museum. These reliquaries belong to a collection composed of forty-five reliquary busts, which represent a unique and practically intact set and has dated busts from the late 16th century until late 17th century. The analytical results obtained suggest that the four busts were produced according to the art treatises of the time and the identified materials meet the materials that would be used in that period.

Biografias do Autor

Diana Cunha, Research Centre for Science and Techonology of the Arts (CITAR), School of Arts, Portuguese Catholic University, Porto, Portugal
Holds a degree in Conservation and Restoration by the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University (EA/UCP) and completed her Master´s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage with specialization in sculpture and carving, at the same institution. During her academic path, she participated in several conservation works, either in the context of classes or in volunteerism during the summer campaigns annually organized by EA/UCP.
Carolina Barata, Research Centre for Science and Techonology of the Arts (CITAR), School of Arts, Portuguese Catholic University, Porto, Portugal/GEOBIOTHEC, GeoBiosciences, GeoTechnologies and GeoEngineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Holds a degree in Conservation and Restoration, a post-graduation in Art Expertise, a Master’s degree in Applied Chemistry and a PhD in Geosciences. She started her professional activity in 1996 having joined several working teams in the field of Easel Painting, wooden Sculpture and carved wood Conservation. Since 2005 she joined the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University (EA/UCP) as a lecturer and a researcher. Since 2016 she coordinates the Master’s Degree in Conservation and Restoration in the same School. She is a member of the Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) at EA/UCP and of the Research Center of Geobiosciences, Geotechnologies and Geoengineering (GeoBioTec) of the University of Aveiro.
Alexandre Pais, Research Centre for Science and Techonology of the Arts (CITAR), School of Arts, Portuguese Catholic University, Porto, Portugal/GEOBIOTHEC, GeoBiosciences, GeoTechnologies and GeoEngineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Researcher at the Nacional Azulejo Museum, from 1993 to 2004 and again since 2009. He has also worked at the Pena Palace, Sintra (1987-1993) and at the Portuguese Institute for Conservation and Restoration, previous José de Figueiredo Institute (2004-2009). He has lectured at the Superior School of Decorative Arts at the Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva Foundation, Portuguese Catholic University (UCP) and School of Conservation and Restoration, Sintra. He has published various articles and books on artistic heritage, mainly on Portuguese tiles and ceramics, and he is a member of several research groups. He has a PhD in Decorative Arts from the UCP, dedicated to the production of Portuguese faience from c. 1550-1750, under the supervision of Prof. Dr Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa.
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2018-04-23
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