MIDWEST REGIONAL CONSERVATION GUILD AND CHICAGO AREA CONSERVATION GROUP JOINT LECTURE SERIES
12:00-1:00 p.m. CT
"Collaborative Study of a Roman-Egyptian Mummy Portrait at the Detroit Institute for the Arts"
Christina Bisulca, Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Scientist
Kate Aguirre, Intern
Ellen Hanspach-Bernal, Paintings Conservator
Aaron Steele, Imaging Specialist/Associate Photographer
Detroit Institute of Arts
This program and subsequent lectures in the series are free to all MEMBERS of either MRCG or CACG. You do not need to live in the Midwest or in the Chicago area to be a member of MRCG or CACG. REGISTRATION ENDS ON THE 2nd AT NOON.
As part of the J. Paul Getty Museum's APPEAR project (Ancient Panel Paintings: Examination, Analysis, and Research), the DIA conservation laboratory undertook a multidisciplinary study of a mummy portrait. The portrait is from Roman Egypt, and an example of what are termed Fayum mummy portraits, which are typically encaustic or tempera on wooden panel. The research was collaborative between paintings conservation, conservation science, and imaging. The investigation focused on not only how the portrait was originally constructed, but also into an early and extensive repair made prior to acquisition. This project was interrupted due to the pandemic, but was able to continue with a virtual internship in experimental archaeology to recreate encaustic techniques that might have been used in the original portrait. This talk will cover the study of archaeological objects which often have complex histories that include original manufacture, excavation, and historic restoration.