Anti-reflective SCHOTT AMIRAN® glass protects Dürer work of art in Städel Museum

This specialty glass allows for an unobstructed view of the printed woodcut “Triumphal Arch for Emperor Maximilian I”    The exhibition “Dürer.

Kunst - Künstler – Kontext” will open at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 22. One of the most important woodcuts from the early 16th century, the 350 cm high work entitled “Triumphal Arch for Emperor Maximilian I” that Albrecht Dürer produced in 1517/18 using a graphic printing technique will be on display as a complete work of art. The 36 paper arches that make up the masterpiece will be shown behind AMIRAN® glazing that has an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the glass. SCHOTT offers safety glass that virtually eliminates annoying reflections and protects the artwork against vandalism.

Dürer’s “Trimphal Arch for Emperor Maximilian I” is being presented behind glazing that consists of AMIRAN® glass from SCHOTT 3.1 m x 3.75 m in size featuring an anti-reflective coating on both sides. Photos: SCHOTT.

The work by Dürer from the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig, Germany, will be on display behind glazing that consists of three butt jointed individual panes with polished edges making up a total surface of approx. 3.1 m x 3.75 m in size. “Our AMIRAN® glass as laminated safety glass meets the high security demands of the lenders and offers art lovers a practically uninhibited view of the exhibit that is free from annoying reflections,” says Ulrich Huber, Sales Manager for Architectural Glass at SCHOTT.

 The unique thing about AMIRAN® is that it almost invisibly protects exhibits. “This glass also offers outstanding transmission thanks to its resistant high-tech coating. It permits up to 98 percent of the light to pass through unhindered and free from reflections. This is important for display cases because significant differences in the light exist in front of and behind the glass,” Huber adds.

SCHOTT also supplied 16 panes of anti-reflective, fully transparent MIROGARD® protect in the size 50 cm x 30 cm for the exhibition. This glass is being used to frame other smaller works from Dürer. The glass from SCHOTT reduces reflections within the visible spectrum to under one percent in order to offer an undistorted view of art. MIROGARD® is also completely neutral in color and thus fully preserves the brilliance of the glazed artworks and renders them in true color. Furthermore, this special glass protects these works from Dürer against harmful UV light thanks to an integrated protective foil.


AMIRAN® and MIROGARD® are registered trademarks of SCHOTT AG.

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600450 Anti-reflective SCHOTT AMIRAN® glass protects Dürer work of art in Städel Museum
Date: 24 October 2013

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