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Conservation State of Mural Paintings from a Historic House in Florianópolis-SC, Brazil. A Multidisciplinary Approach

Author(s): Márcia Regina ESCORTEGANHA | Alina Gonçalves SANTIAGO | Hérica Aparecida MAGOSSO | Fábio Andreas RICHTER | Thiago Guimarães COSTA

Journal: International Journal of Conservation Science
ISSN 2067-533X

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Mural paintings | pigments | infrared spectroscopy | EDX

The scientific approach to conservation and monitoring of mural paintings executed in a historic house with an eclectic style of the twentieth century, located in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, is an example of interdisciplinary collaboration between conservators, historians, and scientists in planning and development actions for preventive maintenance as well as interventions of restoration. The mural paintings are recognized worldwide as an architectural element and property, which records the representations of the cultural landscape of an age. In this context, the painting technique found in this house and its state of conservation were investigated by evaluation of pigmented surfaces and then by optical and spectroscopic (IR and EDX) techniques. These results were crucial for the record of the characteristic painting present in this building, showing a period marked by intense urban renewal in Brazilian cities.

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