Sgraffito in Change

2nd International Conference
Sgraffito in Change
Original Realization vs. Secondary Interventions

Date / Venue

21.–22. November 2019 / Litomyšl Chateau – Congress Hall
Excursions will be organized on the 20. and 23. November


The program of the conference and the application form in pdf file you can find at the end of this page. Filled and signed application form please send to:


Sgraffito, as a plastering technique, has a primarily decorative character; it usually forms the final layer of the building envelope, which also means sgraffito plaster is exposed to the weather. A number of corrective, conservation or restoration interventions have taken place on various facades since the time of finishing their original decoration. Some facades have completely lost their sgraffito character and acquired the character of paintings or even reliefs (lime mash), their original material is often marginal or non-existent, as has gradually been confirmed by modern interdisciplinary research. This finding applies not only to the sgraffiti of the Renaissance, but also to the sgraffiti of the nineteenth as well as of the twentieth century. The 20th-century sgraffito does not often have the status of a protected monument, and thus it is particularly threatened by damage or even complete destruction during standard restoration works. Nevertheless, the approach to Renaissance sgraffiti was very specific in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries (i.e. before the advent of „modern heritage conservation“). So the question is, what is left of authentic sgraffito in such cases and how to perceive the authenticity in sgraffito realizations?

Conference topics and more detailed information you can find in the Call for Papers.

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Arriving by rail (+ by plane)

Via Česká Třebová (directions from Prague/Vienna/Brno airport), then by bus from the railway station Česká Třebová to the bus stop Litomyšl,,zámek (the Chateau)

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Conference fee
Normal price
50,00 € full conference (for participants without a paper/ contribution; without excursions)
70,00 € (with one excursion)
90,00 € (with two excursions)

Reduced price (students)
25,00 € full conference (for students without a paper/ contribution; without excursions)
40,00 € (with one excursion)
55,00 € (with two excursions)

Free of charge

Speakers of the lectures as well as students and employees of the Faculty of Restoration/ Pardubice University, of the Hornemann Institute in Hildesheim, of the Department of Art History/ Palacký University


The registration is possible to do through the application form (you can find in the end of this page as pdf file). We kindly ask for registration by 8th November 2019. The number of participants is limited. Registrations are considered in the order of receipt of payment. Please note that the registration will only be validated after successful transfer of the conference fee.

Bank details

Account holder: Komerční banka Pardubice
IBAN: CZ1401000000192522710287
Reason for transfer: 20110 + your name (please do not forget to indicate)

Due to the administrative effort, it is unfortunately not possible to refund your conference fee if you cancel your registration after 15th October 2019. We appreciate your understanding!

Address: Faculty of Restoration, University of Pardubice, Jiráskova 3, 570 01 Litomyšl, Czech Republic

20th November – Renaissance sgraffiti of Slavonice and Telč (Zuzana Wichterlová)

Excursion will focus on the original technique of the renaissance sgraffiti in the Southern Bohemia. First, we are going to visit renaissance castle in Telč, where we will see an authentic renaissance sgraffito with preserved traces of original trowel shading. After the lunch, we will continue to Slavonice – renaissance town nearby Austrian border. Most of the burger houses on the main square have sgraffito facades. It would be possible to see the current condition of facades and hear about some restoration and reconstruction problems and experiences.

Start:                                    8:00       Litomyšl (the place will be specified)

Expected return:              20:00    Litomyšl


23rd November – Sgraffiti of Eastern Bohemia (Pavel Waisser)

Excursion of “topographic” character will introduce several historical monuments with sgraffito façades in the Pardubice region (from the Renaissance to the 20th century). All of them are placed 15 to 50 kilometres from Litomyšl and they adequately demonstrate the development of sgraffito technique in Bohemia.

Vysoké Mýto – sgraffiti on the facade of the Sokol gym
Uhersko – sgraffiti of Alois Mudruňka
Doudleby nad Orlicí – renaissance and neorenaissance sgraffiti on the castle facades
Pardubice – sgraffiti of socialist realism on the housing estate Dukla

Start:                                    8:00       Litomyšl (the place will be specified)

Expected return:              17:30    Litomyšl



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