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Investigations of the Decorative Techniques and Conservation Condition of a Majolica Altar by Andrea della Robbia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

Michela Ombelli
Affiliation:
Department of Anesthesia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, U.S.A.
Costanza Miliani
Affiliation:
CNR Institute of Molecular Sciences and Technologies (ISTM), University of Perugia, Perugia I-06123, Italy
Assunta Morresi
Affiliation:
Department of Chemistry, University of Perugia, Perugia I-06123, Italy
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Abstract

A multi-disciplinary approach that involved chemical and microstructural characterization was used to aid technological interpretation and conservation condition evaluation and treatment of a della Robbia ceramic masterpiece. The majolica altar was manufactured by Andrea della Robbia in 1490 and has been preserved at St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi, Perugia, Italy. This study characterized the glaze and pigments used by the artist, and furthermore, presents information used to establish guidelines for restoration.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2005

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