International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
Resource of the Month
A heritage spin on a classic card game

A heritage spin on a classic card game

Time in our library is usually spent on study, research and cataloguing but shortly before the end-of-year holiday it passed a bit differently, as the team treated themselves to cups of tea and homemade biscuits… accompanied by a few rounds of a game from our collection.

Bramante's nymphaeum in Genazzano

Italy: Bramante's nymphaeum in Genazzano

In the Italian town of Genazzano, there is a 16th-century nymphaeum, or shrine to the nymphs, attributed to Donato Bramante, the architect and painter known for designing the earliest example of High Renaissance style architecture in Rome. Our archives hold a series of photos and drawings from a study project carried out at the nymphaeum in 1977.

The Library's Resource of the Month for November takes us to Algeria

A virtual tour of the Musée d'Antiquités in Algiers

The Library's Resource of the Month for November takes us to Algeria. There, we want to pay a virtual visit to the Musée des Antiquités in Algiers, or rather, to the former Musée Stéphane Gsell, during a series of events that were held between 1954 and 1958. Today, we will not just walk in the door (even if I am certain I’m not the only one who would very much like to do just that). As always in this column, we will move along the paths of the imagination, inspired by the books in the collection of the ICCROM Library.

United Kingdom: An Etruscan fake

United Kingdom: An Etruscan fake

This Etruscan sarcophagus with a couple reclining on the lid dates from between 550-525 BCE and was excavated in Caere (present-day Cerveteri), Italy. At least, that is what was once claimed, before it was revealed to be a fake!

Eat Rite: Ritual Foods of George Town – a cookbook with a twist

Eat Rite: Ritual Foods of George Town – a cookbook with a twist

After nearly one and a half years of pandemic, many of us desire to share again the realities of our daily lives with family, friends, and our communities. This includes joining in celebrations, sharing meals, and maybe even cooking together. At the same time, participants from all over the world recently connected online for the 44th meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, hosted this year in Juzhou, China.
What connects these two things? And how do they relate to our Resource of the Month for August?

Egypt: Sample from the Tomb of Nefertari, 1958

Egypt: Sample from the Tomb of Nefertari, 1958

This month, we are showcasing one of the samples taken by Cesare Brandi, the founder and first director of Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (ICR) in Rome, during his visit to the tomb in 1958. Analysis of this and other samples at the time helped experts assess the condition of the tomb and determine whether restoration was possible and how best to carry it out.

 Egypt: Detail of Mural Painting Depicting Queen Nefertari

Egypt: Detail of Mural Painting Depicting Queen Nefertari

From Nefertari’s Tomb (Valley of the Queens, Thebes, Egypt), this image is part of a series of photographic prints taken by Giorgio Torraca during an ICCROM mission in 1978. The mission was to assess the deterioration processes affecting the paintings of the tomb, and draft a conservation and stabilization plan, together with a work programme for the Egyptian Organization of Antiquities (now the Supreme Council of Antiquities).

Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel

Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel

A resource that was developed in the United States around 25 years ago by the National Task Force for Emergency Response: the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel. This task force was a joint initiative of the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property (NIC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Cyprus: The magnificent Greek-Roman theatre of Kourion

Cyprus: The magnificent Greek-Roman theatre of Kourion.

This image is part of a series of large format photographs depicting main cultural heritage sites and monuments in Cyprus, including Kiti, Kolossi, Kourion, Kyrenia, Larnaka, Nicosia, Paphos, Salamis and Soli.

Hand-drawn drawing of Kangi-in

The Japanese Conservation Report collection in the ICCROM Library: an introduction

Conservation reports published during the year in Japan are regularly sent to the ICCROM Library. This practice started in the 1970s when Bernard Feilden was Director-General of ICCROM, with the first 30 reports sent from the Cultural Property Division of Built Heritage of the governmental Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan.

Algeria: Neolithic rock painting depicting human figures and a magnificent mouflon head

Algeria: Neolithic rock painting depicting human figures and a magnificent mouflon head

ICCROM Archives continue to showcase their older photographic prints (1952-1985), which are organized alphabetically by country. From Afghanistan’s heritage (Resource of the Month in October), we move to Algeria, specifically to Tassili. Tassili n'Ajjer is a national park in the Sahara Desert, which has one of the most important groupings of prehistoric rock art in the world. It is a World Heritage Site since 1982.