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Conservation Commission at the castle in Lidzbark Warmiński

2015-08-17 10:34:12 (ost. akt: 2021-09-02 19:31:45)

Conservation Commission at the castle in Lidzbark Warmiński
The continuation of conservation efforts at the polychromes of the first, representative floor of the cloisters is an important undertaking carried out as part of the project "Conservation and restoration of the fourteenth-century castle in Lidzbark Warmiński – pearls of Gothic architecture in Poland – stage II". The paintings were completely unveiled during the first stage of the Norwegian project. The rich iconographic program of the discovered paintings, consisting of decorations with heraldic, ornamental and architectural motifs in the lower belt of the cloister walls and religious and generic representations in the shield fields, caused a sensation in the research community. The Lidzbark stronghold was called the "painted castle". The paintings of the foundation of Bishop Henryk Sorbom, dated to the end of the fourteenth century, are unique on a European scale, and by researchers initially associated with the work of the Czech workshop.
On Thursday, August 6, 2015, another one took place – the second conservation committee supervising the works and assessing their progress and results, consisting of representatives of the Museum of Warmia and Mazury, the Warmian-Masurian Conservator of Monuments and experts. It was attended by specialists in the field of conservation of wall paintings: Prof. Władysław Zalewski from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and Prof. Bogumiła J. Rouba from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. The conservation services were represented by Barbara Zalewska – a provincial conservator of monuments. The Museum of Warmia and Mazury was represented by Anna Mrówka-Richert – deputy director, Małgorzata Jackiewicz-Garniec – head of the Warmia Museum and Anna Szymańska from the Conservation Department.
The course and effects of the previous restoration works were presented by Marcin Kozarzewski, the head of Monumentservice, which together with Gorek Restauro forms a consortium responsible for conducting the work. The conservation committee, after reviewing the report, went to the cloister to see the state of conservation work. Both the current professors and the provincial conservator of monuments positively assessed the previous activities and the further restoration program. Attention was paid not only to the high quality of conservation works, but also to a multifaceted approach to the issue, especially the research effort aimed at fully reading the iconography of individual scenes and epigraphic works – documentation and "decipherment" of inscriptions from several centuries.

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