Elof Risebye – A Pioneer in the Transfer of Wall Paintings on the Wrong Path

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportKonferencebidrag i proceedingsForskningpeer review


The transfer of wall paintings was introduced to Denmark by Italian restorers in 1913. A misunderstanding of this technique led to the development of a faulty method by Elof Risebye, an artist, who by chance got involved in the restoration of wall paintings. The use of the wrong adhesive resulted in massive damage of the paint layer. Risebye disguised his losses by overpainting, which he carried out according to his own style of painting, not at all following the style of the painter's whose work he was restoring. He also taught his students at the Fresco and Mosaic School how to detach frescoes, thus disseminating his faulty method. Due to Risebye's activities there are a significant number of transferred wall paintings in Denmark which are in dire need of treatment today.
TitelPast Practice - Future Prospects : The British Museum Occasional Paper
RedaktørerAndrew Oddy, Sandra Smith
Antal sider7
ForlagThe British Museum
ISBN (Trykt)0 86159 145 3
StatusUdgivet - 2001