Colour measurement and documentation in historical buildings: the case study of the Kirna Manor House in Estonia

Authors

  • Claudia Valge Dept. of Cultural Heritage and Conservation, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Sofia Ceccarelli Dept. of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Roma, Italy
  • Silvia Bertacchi Dept. of Architecture, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
  • Andres Uueni Dept. of Cultural Heritage and Conservation, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Hilkka Hiiop Dept. of Cultural Heritage and Conservation, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Anneli Randla Dept. of Cultural Heritage and Conservation, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Fabrizio Ivan Apollonio Dept. of Architecture, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.23738/CCSJ.140115

Keywords:

Colour measurement, colour documentation, colour vision, architectural paint research, historical interior restoration, Estonian manor house, Estonian Academy of Arts

Abstract

Historical buildings and their decorative apparatus have a key role in the transmission of national and local traditions, requiring careful conservation of these structures and their overlapping decorative layers, mostly made up of stuccos and coatings. Unfortunately, the procedures and methodologies for both documenting and preserving such cultural heritage are not clearly standardised in Estonia, where most historic manor houses are managed by private owners who have no precise guidelines to follow during the restoration of such complex structures. To amend this issue, the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) organised an international workshop on “Colour Measurement and Documentation in Architectural Paint Research” with the aim to bring together several experts, techniques and tools from different countries in order to define, optimise and modernise the methodologies employed for the identification, documentation and preservation of historical painted interiors and colours. In addition to a theoretical session, the workshop held in October 2019 entailed practical work at the Kirna Manor House, analysing the entrance hall of the building. The paper presents the results of the research and the discussion between international experts.

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Published

2022-04-30

How to Cite

Valge, C., Ceccarelli, S., Bertacchi, S., Uueni, A., Hiiop, H., Randla, A. . and Apollonio, F. I. . (2022) “Colour measurement and documentation in historical buildings: the case study of the Kirna Manor House in Estonia ”, Cultura e Scienza del Colore - Color Culture and Science, 14(01), pp. 123–130. doi: 10.23738/CCSJ.140115.