Curators: Maria Barna and Dana Roxana Hrib
Scientific consultant: Alexandru Sonoc
Au colaborat: Raluca Frîncu and Dorin Barbu
Photo: Alexandru Olănescu
This exhibition is part of the cultural project In Search of Sophia, co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and implemented in partnership with the National Arhives of Romania and the Association ELIJAH.
Developing inside the cultural project In Search of Sophia, this online exhibition aims to enlarge the project audience by overcoming geographical and language boundaries and by developing several levels of perception, from popular to scientific information.
The exhibition is dedicated to the personality of Sophia von Brukenthal (1725-1782), wife of the baron Samuel von Brukenthal, and it comprises three parts:
The first part develops an interdisciplinary analysis on Sophia`s portrait, which is approached by an art historian (dr. Alexandru Sonoc, Head of Art Galleries of Brukenthal National Museum) and a plastic surgeon (professor Norbert Pallua, president of EBOPRAS).
The researches went on with in a research area little approached in Romania: digital age-regression technique applied on 18th century portraits. The forensic portraitist Florin Lăzau applied this technique on Sophia`s portrait and, following this idea, two other exercises of age regression were done: a digital one aiming to remove age effects on Sophia`s face (realized by the team project) and a creative one aiming to draw young Sophia`s portrait (realized by the artist Robert Strebeli).
The results of the archive researches are displayed in the third part of the exhibition. Wedding poems and funeral hymns, all dedicated to Sophia von Brukenthal, are for the first time published online and translated into Romanian.