Święty Włodzimierz z cerkwi w Stanisławowie : problemy związane z konserwacją ikony na podłożu metalowym
St. Vladimir from the Church in Stanisławów — the Conservation of an Icon on a Metal Basis
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The Russian Orthodox church of St. Alexandra in Stanisławow, close to Modlin and near Warsaw, contains a collection of nineteenth-century icons on wooden, canvas and tin bases. These compositions originate from scattered iconostases in Eastern rite churches in Mazovia, liquidated during the inter-war period. Due to the absence of suitable storage conditions, the paintings, kept in attics and cellars for decades, succumbed to far reaching devastation. An example of such damage is one of the Stanisławow icons depicting St. Vladimir. This composition, executed in oil on galvanised iron tin, placed on a pine frame, is a rectangle 120 x 53,5 cms. large. The author or workshop, presenting a classical current in icon painting from the second half of the nineteenth century, remain unknown. Adverse storage conditions, considerable moisture, absence of light, the impact of pigeon droppings, sudden changes in the temperature of interiors, and numerous transferences of the object produced extensive damage of all stratigraphic layers, including 30% loss in the grounding and painting stratum. The intention of the discussed conservation was to repair the damage (cleaning the basis, straightening the tin, removing corrosion, supplementing the putty layer), to achieve a structural reinforcement of the object (treatment and consolidation), and to reconstruct the painting layer. These undertakings made it possible to restore the original aesthetic merits of the icon which can be once again used for religious purposes by its owner.
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