Gilding Conservation (Level 3)

Prerequisite: Traditional Gilding

During the five-day Gilding Conservation course, we will explore the conservation and restoration of gilded and polychrome wooden objects. Every art object contains unique technical and art historical information. Our job is to preserve its original material, character, and legibility. Our practice is built on a thorough understanding of traditional techniques. Modern restoration materials and methods expand our options for reversible interventions.

This class presents case studies about gilding conservation, frame history, and conservation ethics. Documentation; communication with patrons; stereo microscopy; seeking further analytical support (cross-sections, X-rays, M-XRF, etc.); original materials, constructions, and finishes; and dealing with previous interventions; and conservation strategies are addressed.

Please bring one gilded object (picture frame, decorative carving, or statuette) to practice restoration techniques like cleaning; consolidating, reconstruction, retouching, or in-gilding). Gilding kits and restoration materials are available for use. You may want to bring your favorite tools and brushes, work clothes, writing material, and a camera.

Beloit College, including the instructor, does not bear responsibility for items that the participants bring to the class.

Course Dates

July 15-19, 2024 (CONFIRMED TO RUN AND FULL)

Course Fee


Early Registration



Hubert Baija

About the Instructor

Hubert Baija is an avid instructor of gilding techniques, restoration, and the history of picture frames. He teaches hands-on workshops and online seminars for mid-career professionals at the Beloit College Center for Collections Care, and conservation Master students at the University of Amsterdam. After thirty years as the Senior Conservator of Frames and Gilding at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, he has continued working as an independent researcher and consultant. Hubert is a Professional Member of the American Institute for Conservation and a former co-chair of the Wood, Furniture and Lacquer Working Group of the International Council of Museums Conservation Committee.

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