Colour is a fundamental element in our perception
of the world around us, most particularly in the cultural and artistic
domains. Each intervention concerning the conservation or restoration
of cultural heritage, irregardless of the nature, will most probably have
an influence on the colour of the object, its perception, its support,
its context. For this reason it seemed to us interesting to organise a
congress on the theme of colour and conservation-restoration : How are
the colours of cultural objects formed ? How have their colours evolved
? Can we reproduce them ? How should we measure, identify and reproduce
their colours ? What type of lighting should one use in their conservation
studio ? These are some of many examples that we hope will be treated
in this congress.
You will find below a list of some of the themes that we have classified
in a non-definitive order. They can treat historical, scientific or technical
aspects, or concern a specific treatment report. In any event they should
approach the problem of colour and conservation. We hope to have proposals
from professionals working with all types of cultural heritage in its
largest sense, as indicated by the opening paragraph or by the themes
Interdisciplinary communications (Historians, scientists and restorers)
are most welcomed.,:
As usual, papers shall have interdisciplinary content, regarding to scientists,
art historian and conservators approach.
Le congress will be accompanied
by a "Colour Salon" where divers
professionals can present their material or documentation in relation
with the congress : scientific or historical literature, pigments and
restoration products, colour codes or charts, colour measuring devices,
lighting systems etc.
and basic questions: characterisation
and perception, definitions of colours, characterisation, scientific
measurements, colorimetric measurements, colour codes and charts
in works of art:
of the natural constituents of artworks, history and practice, pigments
and mediums, the fabrication of pigments, laboratory analyses, characteristics,
aging of pigment, in-painting, reversibility, the question of patinas
domains concerned: painting (easel, wall, drawings, miniatures
etc), metal, textiles, ceramics,
enamels; architecture : painted facades, replacing old colours, polychromic
studies of architectural sites (portals, monumental sculpture etc.
not treated : the psychology of colours, heraldic
Papers will be published
in a book that participants will be given at the conference
- The dead line for proposal
of papers is now lapsed, but you still can propose presentation of a
poster. For problem about any proposal, please contact the secretariat.
- The conference will
take place over trhree days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Papers
will be presented either in French or English, and will be published
in their original language, with abstract in both languages
working languages will be French and English, with simultaneous translation
- OPTIONAL: Congress
dinner (on Thursday). Tour on Saturday (in Burgundy, area of Auxerre)
visit of ancien houses with coloured coating, restoration, etc.
fees are 145 € for SFIIC members, 180 € for non members, 50 €
for students (additional charge 35 € after 31.03.06). An all inclusive
special fee is proposed (registration + dinner + tour); see registration form.
Above information can be
modified, especially for what concerns fares. You're asked to consult
the web site for updating, or get information from the secretariat.
you wish to receive updated information by e-mail, a poster,
please send the enclosed form
Registration form (pdf format)