QUALITY PARAMETERS IN CONSERVATION-RESTORATION CHOICES – THE CASE OF THE TOWER OF THE WINDS IN ATHENS


Abstract

The chemistry- and physics-based approach of conservation has led to the view that conservator-restorers use quantitative criteria which provide objective choices. Today, however, there is a shift of focus from material-centred to people-oriented approaches within the field of heritage preservation. This shift leads to a redefinition of the conservation-restoration field and its ethics in relation to society and calls for the adoption of diverse methodologies. Within this context, this paper discusses the qualitative factors which inform decision-making processes in conservation-restoration practice. More specifically, the paper examines the case of the so called “Tower of the Winds” in Athens and looks at the quality parameters which informed conservation-restoration work carried out at the Tower during 2014-2015. Overall, it is shown that the prominence of the quality parameters which inform contemporary conservation-restoration practice reveals the subjective dimension of conservation-restoration choices. The research has also showed that current trends tend to emphasize the historical rather than the aesthetic or other values of monuments.


Keywords

Conservation/restoration; quality parameters in decision-making; Tower of the Winds; Athens

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Published : 2019-12-20


Papadopoulou, M., & Gazi, A. (2019). QUALITY PARAMETERS IN CONSERVATION-RESTORATION CHOICES – THE CASE OF THE TOWER OF THE WINDS IN ATHENS. Protection of Cultural Heritage, (8), 239-254. https://doi.org/10.35784/odk.1090

Maria Papadopoulou 
Greek Ministry of Culture  Greece
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1684-4104

Conservator-Restorer at Greek Ministry of Culture, BA, Conservation/Restoration of Antiquities & Works of Art,
MA, Cultural Management


Andromache Gazi 
Dept. of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences  Greece
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0882-8876

Associate professor of museum studies, Dept. of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences






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