CHRISTIANE ZSCHIESCHE – Restorer

Christiane Zschiesche was born in Erlangen (Germany) in 1963. She is married and she has three sons. After graduating, in 1983 she moved to Italy to attend Italian courses at the University for Foreign Students in Perugia. Christiane gained experience in restoration at one of the largest restoration company of central Italy. She has participated in numerous restoration sites in central and southern Italy, in the field of stone material, wall painting, paintings on canvas and wood, wooden sculpture. Christiane started working in a Restoration Company, one of the biggest company of the central Italy learning the art of restoration. Since 2007 she has collaborating with the Building Company Lunghi’ as responsible of the restoration department. After a brief interruption for family needs, he returned to work for the earthquake of 1997 , acting as a link between the building companies and the restoration needs. During the  earthquake of 1997 the ‘Building Company Lunghi’ entrusted her the management of the coordination of the restoration companies called to intervene on the damage caused by the earthquake in order to supervise the work and avoid the use of wrong materials.  

Later on, Christiane  has continued working as a restorer. She has also worked on frescos restoration within restoration sites. Christiane has also worked on stone cleaning restoration that goes from the clean-up to plastering aesthetic representation and protection. The peculiarity of her professional profile is linked to the restoration of artworks in the building sector. Her area of expertise focuses on the analysis and reproduction of historical plasters, the treatment of surfaces of historic and artistic interest  (documentation, sampling, cleaning, integration, preservation). Christiane working on the restoration of a stone emblem (sandstone) belonging to the façade of the Domus pauperum, Nobile Collegio della Mercanzia in Perugia.  The Nobile Collegio della Mercanzia, first city Guild followed by that of the Moneychangers, is set in the “fondachi” (warehouses) of Palazzo dei Priori since 1390. The Guild, to show its richness, chose the precious wooden decoration, covering without interruption both walls and ceilings of the Sala delle Udienze (Audience Chamber).

Besides working on the restoration of artworks in the building sector, Christiane is also responsible for workers’ training. 

Considering the richness of the Italian architectural heritage, it is indispensable for the building companies engaged in architectural restoration works, have one or more technicians in their staff able to intervene in contexts of considerable historical-artistic interest. The peculiarity of the professional profile of the building restorer is to apply to the field of restoration of the historical-architectural heritage, the methods and knowledge linked to the historical materials and the subsequent restoration, acquired thanks to the experience of artworks restoration.

It is a versatile professional profile,  with a good knowledge of both old and modern materials. He/she must be able to recognize the materials used over the centuries, reproduce the composition and grain size of the aggregates in the mortars, recognize and select binders, reconstruct the missing parts without incurring false historical, provide real-time indications for use of materials in use in modern buildings, such as synthetic resins, silicates etc.

Through considerable experience gained in the restoration of old artworks and the use of appropriate materials, the building restorer  will assess the compatibility of the products used with the historic surface on which to intervene. So, he/she has to be able to support the workers in the choice of suitable materials to ensure durability and reversibility. An important aspect of this work is the possibility to find painted surfaces and sculptural reliefs within the building that has to be restored. The restorer has the task to intervene immediate in order to preserve the work. Last but not least, he/she will also has the task to make the construction workers aware about the importance of  the materials and shapes which are crucial for preventing irreparable human errors.

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