Mapping of the border.

Today, we continued documenting the border and all its details. The border has a lot of holes, paint-loss and tears – and all of this has to be documented in a systematic way.  We do this by mapping them out on plastic sheets with an overview of the painting drawn on it. Each sheet represents a different kind of damage. This is in addition to photographs and detailed report-writing.

Fig. 1 Mapping


Documentation is an important part of conservation because it is vital to be able to tell the difference between the original material and your treatment of the object. The original material can tell us a lot about the “life” and the function of the object.

Luckily we have some great tools for helping us enhance our senses. For instance, we have the Dino-Lite, which is a small, hand held microscope with magnification up to 200x. For instance, with the help of this tool we can get information about how the artist applied the paint to the canvas – such as the paint application sequence, the painting technique, and the quality of the canvas. We can also distinguish surface anomalies such as varnishes, glue layers and paint flaking by using Ultra-Violet light. This, in turn, will help us date the object.



Fig. 2 Using the dino-Lite, showing the picture on the computer screen


In the evening, we had a quick brainstorming session on how we are going to present our work on the upcoming “open day”. We will open up our workshop so the public can see and learn from the work we have been doing this Sunday from 12-14 PM. After all, what is the point of all this research if we keep it to ourselves? This year the “open day” will include a lecture by Professor Jon Nygaard on Fredrikshald’s importance in the Norwegian history of theatre.  The admission is free, and we encourage you to come.


By Julie Kviteberg Eriksen and Jan Urbanski
Published Aug. 10, 2017 10:01 AM - Last modified Aug. 10, 2017 12:16 PM