Bettina Ebert

Doctoral Research Fellow - Conservation
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Academic interests

My PhD project is part of the NFR funded project ‘After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway, 1350‒1550’, which aims to generate scientific knowledge about a collection of late-medieval liturgical objects owned by the Museum of Cultural History (KHM), University of Oslo.

The PhD is entitled "Biographies carved in wood", and involves object-based case studies of late medieval polychrome sculptures. Their material investigation has provided an understanding of the objects’ structure and how they have changed over time, including previous appearances, uses, function and context. 

The research project argues for the conservator’s role as mediator in reading and giving meaning to fragmentary material evidence by means of suitable modes of interpretation, which will allow the decontextualized objects to once again be accessible to a variety of users. 



2009 - 2015 Conservation and Collections Management, Asiarta Foundation and Witness Collection, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

2006 - 2008 MA Conservation of Fine Art (Easel Paintings), University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK

2003 - 2006 BA History of Art, University of Birmingham, UK


Tags: Conservation, Middle Ages, Lacquer, Vietnamese art


  • Ebert, Bettina (2018). Biographies carved in wood: Turning points in the lives of two medieval Virgin sculptures. Journal of material culture.  ISSN 1359-1835.  s 1- 32 . doi: 10.1177/1359183518811355
  • Ebert, Bettina (2018). Saintly relationships or grounds for divorce? An examination of workshop links between two medieval polychrome sculptures. Journal of the Institute of Conservation.  ISSN 1945-5224.  41(2), s 95- 112 . doi: 10.1080/19455224.2018.1463923
  • Ebert, Bettina (2017). A skewed balance? Examining the display and research history of the medieval collection at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. Journal of the History of Collections.  ISSN 0954-6650.  30(1), s 139- 151 . doi: 10.1093/jhc/fhx021
  • Ebert, Bettina (2017). Composite wainscot block construction in medieval sculptures: A question of quality?, In Janet Bridgland (ed.),  ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen 4-8 September 2017, Linking Past and Future.  International Council of Museums, ICOM.  ISBN 978-92-9012-426-9.  article 1703. Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ebert, Bettina & Schilling, Michael R. (2016). A technical analysis of paint media used in twentieth-century Vietnamese lacquer paintings. Studies in Conservation.  ISSN 0039-3630.  61, s 52- 67 . doi: 10.1080/00393630.2016.1227051 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Osmond, Gillian; Ebert, Bettina & Drennan, John (2014). Zinc oxide centred deterioration in 20th century Vietnamese paintings by Nguyễn Trọng Kiệm (1933-1991). AICCM Bulletin.  ISSN 1034-4233.  34, s 3- 14
  • Ebert, Bettina; Singer, Brian & Grimaldi, Nicky (2012). Aquazol as a consolidant for matte paint on Vietnamese paintings. Journal of the Institute of Conservation.  ISSN 1945-5224.  35(1), s 62- 76
  • Ebert, Bettina; Macmillan Armstrong, Sally; Singer, Brian & Grimaldi, Nicky (2011). Analysis and conservation treatment of Vietnamese paintings, In Janet Bridgland (ed.),  ICOM CC 16th Treiennial Conference Lisbon 19-23 September 2011, Preprints.  Criterio.  ISBN 9789899752207.  Paper.

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  • Ebert, Bettina (2019). Biographies carved in wood. Reconstructing narratives for medieval polychrome sculptures. Show summary
  • Ebert, Bettina (2018). Anna selv tredje/ Virgin and Child with St Anne, I: Peter Bjerregaard (red.),  Forvandling - tro og hellige gjenstander i middelalderen.  Museumsforlaget AS.  ISBN 9788283050615.  Kapittel 6.  s 28 - 31
  • Ebert, Bettina (2018). En biskop/ A Bishop, I: Peter Bjerregaard (red.),  Forvandling - tro og hellige gjenstander i middelalderen.  Museumsforlaget AS.  ISBN 9788283050615.  Kapittel 3.  s 16 - 18
  • Ebert, Bettina (2018). Mens far hjelper til/ While father helps, I: Peter Bjerregaard (red.),  Forvandling - tro og hellige gjenstander i middelalderen.  Museumsforlaget AS.  ISBN 9788283050615.  Kapittel 5.  s 24 - 27
  • Ebert, Bettina (2014). Conservation issues relating to North Vietnamese artist practice during the twentieth century. Studies in Conservation.  ISSN 0039-3630.  59, s S211- S212
  • Ebert, Bettina & Schilling, Michael (2014). The analysis of complex modern Vietnamese lacquer paintings. Studies in Conservation.  ISSN 0039-3630.  59, s S36- S39
  • Ebert, Bettina (2013). Asiarta Foundation and Vietnamese lacquer painting.
  • Ebert, Bettina & Schilling, Michael (2013). Scientific investigation of paint samples from Vietnamese lacquer paintings.
  • Ebert, Bettina & Schilling, Michael (2012). Vietnamese Lacquer Painting.

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