Prof. Erwin Emmerling
Restoration, Art Technology
and Conservation Science
Professor emeritus since October 1, 2018
Academic Career and Research Areas
Prof. Emmerling (b. 1952) explores the methods and their application in the practical restoration of art and preservation of ancient monuments. His particular interests lie in the polychromatism of antique and post-antiquity sculptures and reliefs and modern altar screen production. He also researches how artistic techniques, conservation and restoration fit in with the relatively recent field of conservation science.
After studying restoration at the Institut für Technologie der Malerei (Prof. Straub) at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Prof. Emmerling was involved in monument preservation for a number of years. After that, he took up the position of senior restorer in the workshops of the Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege (Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments) in Munich, where he oversaw the restoration of several historic monuments in Bavaria. In 1998, he joined TUM to become full professor of restoration, art technology and conservation science. Prof. Emmerling is a member of ICOMOS Germany and cooperates with the Croatian Conservation Institute (HRZ) in Zagreb. He is involved in a number of restoration projects in China, Georgia, Hungary, Croatia, Afghanistan, Egypt and the Czech Republic.
Emmerling E, Petzet M, Jansen M (Eds.): The giant buddhas of Bamiya: safeguarding the remains. München: Icomos, 2009.
Emmerling E (Ed.): Toccare – non toccare: Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkomitees XLVII. München: Icomos, 2009.
Blänsdorf C, Emmerling E, Petzet M: The Terracotta Army of the First Chinese Emperor Qin Shihang. München: Icomos, 2001.