AN ECONOMICAL DESIGN FOR A MICROCLIMATE VITRINE FOR PAINTINGS USING THE PICTURE FRAME AS THE PRIMARY HOUSING
LAURENT S. G. SOZZANI
The viability of the microclimate frame-vitrine depends on successfully sealing the interior air space from the outside air. Minimizing the interior air volume in relation to the panel volume ensures minimal moisture transfer. The seals and backplate needed can be made from a variety of readily available, low-cost materials, thus ensuring the practicality of the design. The use of high-quality glass will be the greatest expense. The development of this vitrine design has resulted in cost savings of 60–70% per vitrine at the Rijksmuseum.
The author is greatly indebted to the Microclimates Research Group at the Central Research Laboratory, Amsterdam, for the comprehensive testing of the design model and to the Paintings Restoration Department of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, for continual dialogue and support. Special appreciation is extended to Hubert Baya, Rijksmuseum frame restorer, for his ongoing involvement in the refinement and fabrication of the vitrines.