Bruch, Sprung, Riss, Kerbe, Falte, Knick? – Eine Nomenklatur der Schadensbilder

The documentation of damage to art and cultural artefacts is fundamental to the conservator’s work and to the international
loan process.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Materiality in Art and Culture 
  • Research unit Teaching material competence in training and further education
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration 01.04.2011 - 30.09.2012
  • Project management Elke Mentzel
  • Head of project Elke Mentzel


The terminology thus used is often interpreted in different ways, while the lack of any standard nomenclature makes for even less clarity in a multilingual context. A multilingual, illustrated catalogue of terminology is being developed, based on the opinions of international experts. The published results should serve above and beyond the realm of conservation and restoration as a standard reference and teaching aid. The catalogue’s structure, procedures and content are a fundamental aspect of this project, which is to be pursued further. It is currently limited to German and English terms used in paper conservation. Follow-up projects will be expanded in collaboration with the Swiss and European standards institutions (SNV and CEN).