Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



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The purpose of this study is to survey the history of Italian fresco technique and tradition and modern conservation practices employed to preserve works. Fresco, a medium used by masters, such as Michelangelo, is a method of painting directly onto wet plaster. This method incorporates pigment and surface as one. This project analyzes the most prevalent examples of traditional fresco found in Pompeii and nearby villas in Boscoreale, Italy. Since their discovery, these locations have undergone and continue to exist under varying conservation projects. In order to further the study of modern conservation techniques, I attended the Ortolan Studio in Vittorio Veneto, Italy. While at the workshop, I gained hands-on experience with traditional Italian fresco technique and engaged with local conservation projects under the guidance of Alma Ortolan. Here, I learned about advanced methods of modern conservation in detail, and gained an understanding of current and future trends in the field.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Guy Jordan, Michael Nichols, Dr. Chris Keller


Art and Materials Conservation | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology