Questions of Authenticity after Six Re-restorations of the Wall Paintings in Fjenneslev Church

Isabelle Eve Brajer, Ida Haslund

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This article presents a case involving particularly difficult decisions pertaining to the aesthetic presentation of the Romanesque wall paintings in Fjenneslev Church (Denmark), which have undergone six major re-restorations in the past hundred years. The application of widely acknowledged modern ethical principles during the most recent intervention (2003) is questioned, and the result or consequence of an alternative course of action is discussed. The conclusion of these arguments might serve as an illustration for the need to apply a wider set of criteria in special cases where material authenticity is dubious, in order to stress other aspects of authenticity relating to a painting’s social and cultural setting.
TitelICOM Committee for Conservation Preprints, 14th Triennial Meeting : The Hague
RedaktørerJ. Brigland
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 2005