Restauration des bains omeyyades de Qusayr’ Amra

International Conference Rome 22 – 23 October 2014 Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro

The Colours of the Prince

Conservation and Knowledge in Qusayr ‘Amra Baths (Jordan)


The complex of Qusayr ‘Amra, built during the Umayyad period, in the 8th century AD, consists of a bath, a qasr (palace), a watchtower, an hydraulic system and other unexcavated infrastructures. The extensive cycle of wall paintings in the interior of the qasr is a unique testimony of early Islamic art. The paintings are extraordinary in their style and representations, and because they are largely preserved. For these reasons the site deserved its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

Since 2010 the site is undergoing a throrough conservation process, which is a joint collaboration between the World Monuments Fund (WMF), the Jordanian Department of Antiquities (DoA) and the Italian Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR). The project targets simultaneously the building and its decorative features (in particular wall paintings), as well as the management of the site and its community-based preservation and enhancement.

The main objective of the conference is to present to the academic world and the public the outstanding results of the last conservation project of the monument. Particular attention will be addressed to the conservation work on the wall paintings that has revealed unprecedented aspects of these rare artistic representations, such as the vibrant colors of the decorations and unexpected details that shed new light on the interpretation of the subjects and the patron of the paintings. The two-days conference also aims to bring together scholars from different fields of study and implicate them in a discussion on the building and its decorations.

For further informations: Conference Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Giovanna De Palma –
  • Dr. Francesca Manuela Anzelmo  –


En savoir plus : Télécharger le programme / Aller sur le site de l’ISCR / communiqué de presse (en italien)





L'identifiant "Balnéorient" regroupe deux des membres du projet éponyme, Th. Fournet (Ifpo) et B. Redon (HiSoMA), en charge de la mise en ligne des billets. Ces derniers sont cependant souvent le fait d'autres participants au programme. Ils sont dans ce cas signalés comme auteur.

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