Conservation & Restoration

Overseeing the conservation needs of The Collections is one of the key responsibilities of The Lobkowicz Collections, o. p. s. (a Czech charitable organization). The most significant projects to date have been the conservation of Peter Paul Rubens´s Hygieia Nourishing the Sacred Serpent and Paolo Veronese’s David with the Head of Goliath. These projects were made possible through the generosity of private donors. The invaluable financial support of individual and corporate contributors has allowed hundreds of works of art from The Collections to be conserved.

 
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Priority Projects

The Lobkowicz Collections number over 20,000 moveable objects. The Library and Archives hold over one million volumes and archival documents. Lobkowicz staff collaborate with experts in restoration and conservation to identify top priority projects each year.

To read an overview of our activities and see a listing of our priority projects, please click below.

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Most Recent Projects

Restoration of the painting of Václav Eusebius

Prior the restoration, the painting was removed from the stretching frame and the canvas was waved. The thick, upper layer of varnish was yellowed, which distorted the colour of the image. Old corrections of the canvas cracks were also visible.

After removing the painting from the frame, old glue residues on the back were removed. The cracks in the original canvas were sealed and filled in with a canvas similar to the original. The canvas was then stretched again onto the stretching frame and fixed with Bevy foil. The surface dirt was gradually removed and the old varnish layers were thinned. The defects in the colour layer were cemented and coloured together by imitation retouching. Finally, a new and high-quality varnish layer was applied on the canvas.

The painting of Václav Eusebius before restoration

The painting of Václav Eusebius before restoration

The painting of Václav Eusebius after restoration

The painting of Václav Eusebius after restoration

Václav Eusebius, 2nd Prince Lobkowicz (1609–1677)

The sitter was the first and only son of Zdeněk Vojtěch Popel of Lobkowicz (1568 – 1628) and Polyxena Pernštejn (1566–1642). After finishing his studies under the Prague Jesuits, he began a carrier in the military. During the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648), he reached the ranks of colonel (1631), general and field marshal (1647). As an important member of Catholic aristocracy, he was awarded the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1644. He was a close confidant of Emperor Leopold I (1640–1705). Václav Eusebius was appointed as President of the Imperial War Council (1652), President of the Hofrat (1657), and President of the Imperial Privy Council and First Minister (1669). Because he sought out allies in the French court, he created many enemies amongst the Spanish supporters at the Habsburg court. He was eventually arrested, dismissed from all his offices and exiled to the Roudnice Castle in 1674, where he died three years later. During his life, Václav Eusebius extended his family’s properties – namely when he purchased the Silesian Duchy of Sagan and earned the title of duke in 1646. His marriage to Auguste Sophie von Pfalz-Sulzbach (1624–1682) produced his heir, Ferdinand August, 3rd Prince of Lobkowicz (1655–1715).

 

 

Previous Projects

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