The Preservation of Santos
Hispanic American Religious Images on Wood

This course is designed to provide a review of materials and an overvies of preservation methods appropriate to santos, Hispanic American religious images on wood, for artisans, care takers, collectors, conservators, curators, and museum specialists.  Polychrome images originally created for Catholic devotion in Puerto Rico will be included as a focus of this workshop.

The course will be presented in three parts.  A review of the history, traditions, materials, types, and styles of santos will precede the identification of materials used and decisions and techniques integral to conservation treatments.   Finally, there will be far-ranging discussions of the critical preservation and restoration issues surrounding these unique cultural artifacts.

Morning lectures will be followed by studio sessions in the afternoons.   Presentations will be made by members of the Smithsonian conservation and curatorial staff as well as invited specialists, but participants are expected and encouraged to participate actively.

Who should attend: artisans, art historians, conservators in the fields of furniture, objects, and paintings; museum specialists, curators, keepers, and scholars with a special interest in folk art, religion and Hispanic heritage.

Date: May 19-21, 1998
Registration Deadline: April 1, 1998 or until filled
Registration Fee: $175.00
Number of Participants: 50
Location: University of the Sacrd Heart (Universidad del Sagrado Corazon), San Juan, Puerto Rico

For further information: Jia-sun Tsang, Paintings Conservator, 301-238-3700x151