The wall paintings in Tirsted Church: problems of aesthetic presentation after the fourth re-restoration

Isabelle Eve Brajer, Lise Thillemann

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Throughout the 20th century, numerous interventions were carried out on the wall paintings in Tirsted Church, including four complete re-restorations and many local attempts to preserve deteriorated scenes. During several of these re-restorations the pictorial content was repeatedly altered according to the whim of the restorer. The most recent re-restoration of the paintings took place in 1999 and 2000. After completing the technical treatments, the conservators faced difficult decisions about the aesthetic presentation. The case study presented here describes the historical background, and the technical, ethical and esthetical problems influencing these decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICOM Committee for Conservation Preprints, 13th Triennial Meeting : Rio de Janeiro
EditorsRoy Vontobel
Number of pages7
PublisherInternational Council of Museums
Publication date2002
ISBN (Print)1 902916 30 1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • wall paintings, murals, reconstruction, completion, ethics, aesthetics, authenticity

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