The Glittering Gold of the Paintings in the Great Hall of Õisu Manor’s Main Building


  • Hilkka Hiiop



Manor House, Wall Paintings, Fragments, Rococo Style, Conservation


Regardless of its fragmentary and ruined condition, the painting find described in this article provides a small reference to what existed in the interiors of the Õisu Manor and affirmation of the fact that, as expected,
the interior design corresponds to the splendour of the manor’s exterior form. The complete design of the room admittedly cannot be reconstructed on the basis of what has survived, yet the work of conservators has made it possible to read that which has survived. The analogies provided in the article and the imagination of the spectator make it possible for each individual to create his/her own picture of what the original whole of the spatial design once looked like.


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Author Biography

Hilkka Hiiop

Hilkka Hiiop, PhD (b. 1974) is a professor in the Department of Conservation at the Estonian Academy of Arts, as well as a
conservation specialist at the Art Museum of Estonia. She has studied and worked as a conservator in Berlin, Amsterdam and Rome, supervised a number of conservation and technical investigation projects in Estonia, curated exhibitions, and conducted scientific research on conservation and technical art history.




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