The Profession Profile of Conservators/Restorers in Germany
Mechthild MOST (Translation: Chie MANABE)
Mechthild Most has been an active paintings-
conservator in several studios and institutions
for twenty-two years and now works as head of
Berlin paintings conservation of the Foundation
of Prussian Palaces and Gardens.
Her research interests focus upon painting
techniques and restoration history especially of
French painters in the 18.th century. Teaching
assignments in the technology and preservation
of paintings for art history students attach her to
During the last eight years she joined Museum
working groups of the German conservators
associations and developed into a specialist in job
profile and tariff right questions.
Mechthild Most was invited by Tohoku
University of Art and Design in 2004 and held a
lecture on the profession-profil of conservators in
Germany. The development and today structure
and content of conservators education was
described as well as explanations were given
about the tasks and aims of German conservators
in the European surrounding and the differences
between freelanced and employed colleagues.
The second part of her lecture was devoted to
a project on the investigation and conservation of
a painting by Jean-Siméon Chardin. It was taken
as an example for professional tasks of employed
conservators in Germany and collaborations with
art historians and conservation scientists.