International Conference on Sculpture in the ECR Magazine

6 de March, 2024

The 13th issue of the ECR (Estudos de Conservação e Restauro – Studies of Conservation and Restoration) Magazine, published by the CITAR (Centro de Investigação em Ciência e Tecnologia das Artes da Escola das Artes da Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Research Centre in Science and Technology of the Arts of the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University), is now available. This issue is dedicated to the research presented at the SCULPT 2021 conference: Shaping Genealogies: 1st International Conference on late 19th and early 20th century sculpture.


This publication contains three articles related to the Soares dos Reis National Museum, regarding the study of the life and work of António Soares dos Reis and the theme of study and conservation of plaster works, following the GEO-SR Project (Multidisciplinary approach to the alteration, alterability and conservation of Soares dos Reis’ geomaterial sculptural work: reassessing museological paradigms and creating value for changing societies through Cultural Heritage).

The GEO-SR project aimed to study 35 sculptures by Soares dos Reis in order to fill a deep gap in scientific and technological knowledge regarding the material, conservation and symbolic components of 19th century European geomaterial sculpture.

Led by the Portuguese Catholic University, the project involved the participation of the University of Aveiro (GeoBioTec), the University of Minho (Physics Centre) and the Soares dos Reis National Museum.

Among the authors published in the ECR Magazine, we highlight two senior PhD researchers from the National Museum Soares dos Reis, as well as three sculpture conservator-restorers from the José de Figueiredo Laboratory.

List of the published articles

– António Soares dos Reis and Augustus Saint-Gaudens: an artistic friendship

Thayer Tolles (pages 6-21)

– Soares dos Reis’ plaster models: technical production and the challenge of the conservation and restoration

Elsa Murta, Michèle Portela, Inês Sardinha, Paula Santos (pages 22-41)

– Exploring portable ultrasonic pulse velocity avails in the conservation assessment of plaster sculptures in museum environment

António Mário Almeida, Mário António Pereira, Graça Vasconcelos, Salomé Carvalho, Rui Bordalo, Eduarda Vieira (pages 42-59)