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Friday, May 30 • 10:30am - 11:00am
(Architecture Session) Tile Conservation Project of the Sanctuary of Santa Rosa de Lima’s Convent (17th-Century): Conservation in the inner world of religious orders in historic downtown, Lima – Peru

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The development of a conservation program in a museum, a gallery or a public institution has a series of special conditions according to the planned objectives and methodological goals; even the scheduling for intervention of goods should respect their spaces and functions. But when you adapt this experience to religious orders with more than 300 years old, which have lived 90% of their history in perpetual cloisters, and with populations with a different taste and valuation of art and its history, from the generational point of view, you must deal with a methodology which goes beyond the conservation procedures, strategies, and forms in order to make minority communities (some of them self-excluded from modern world) involved in ways of preventive conservation which are in line with their activities.

For such study case, we submit the Project Conservation and Restoration of Tiles and Ornamental Woodcraft in the Funeral Chapel of Santa Rosa de Lima in the Santa Rosa de las Madres Carmelitas’ convent. Santa Rosa is a very important figure for Catholic religion in Peru, as well as for the Dominican Order, since this space is the original cell where she died, which subsequently became the sanctuary chapel, the project’s objective.

By request of the Museum of the Cathedral of lima, the Sevillian tiles had to be maintained urgently, since they showed a high level of damage, due to the fluctuations of walls’ humidity, which had not been maintained for decades. Water concentrations appeared and led to the continuous emergence of chloride salts in the tiles patinas, which made the designs unclear. Likewise, the ornamental woodcraft was damaged due to fungus, rotting and xylophages, since the congregation did not prepare intervention measures during the recent years.

With the adequate intervention measures and the stabilization of walls real changes were made; the nuns perceived these changes as positive, but these changes needed to be maintained by other sustainable measures, such as the development of preventive conservation measures, based on talks and motivational operations within their daily routines.

This work proved that the sustainability, along with conservation works maintenance, should be essentially performed by those who primarily own, use and enjoy the monumental artistic goods, since these communicate their history, as well as that of several regions, a history that involves an important community for Latin America.

Speaker(s)
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Erika Anticona Peche

LACS Recipient, Museo de Arte Religioso Catedral de Lima


Friday May 30, 2014 10:30am - 11:00am
Garden Room