Rode Imaging Event


The retable of St Nicholas’ Church in Tallinn is one of the most magnificent and best preserved late medieval Northern German altarpieces in Europe. The artwork was commissioned from the workshop of the Lübeck master Hermen Rode and was completed between 1478 and 1481. More than forty saints and biblical figures are depicted in the retable and its dimensions place it among the largest retables from the 15th-century Hanseatic cities. The conservation of the high altar of St Nicholas’ Church took place from 1975 to 1992 and was lead by Nikolai Bregman, the leading restorer then in Soviet Union from Moscow. Although majority of the restoration was accomplished, the elaborate sculptures of the retable have only partly been conserved by today. 

The large-scale project initiated by Art Museum of Estonia is focused on the finalizing the conservation works of the altarpiece. The conservation project gives an excellent opportunity to carry out thorough technical research, to compare the results with other works attributed to Hermen Rode and to put the information in a wider context.


  • Wed, May 14 : eCult Dialogue Day
  • Thurs, May 15: Rode Imaging Seminar
  • Fri, May 16: Rode Imaging Workshop
  • Sat, Sun, May 17,18: Rode Imaging Hackathon


  • May 14: Art Museum of Estonia / KUMU
  • May 15-18: St. Nicholas’ Church, Tallinn, Estonia

Confirmed Speakers

  • Andres Uueni / The Foundation of Estonian Open Air Museum, Conservation Centre Kanut
  • Dr Antonino Cosentino / Independent Scholar at Cultural Heritage Science Open Source
  • Dr Graeme Earl / Senior Lectures at ACRG, University of Southampton
  • James Miles / PhD student at ACRG, University of Southampton
  • Hembo Pagi / Researcher at ACRG, University of Southampton / MTÜ Arheovisioon
  • Dr Kathryn Piquette / Researcher at Cologne Center for eHumanities
  • Dr Matteo Dellepiane / Researcher at Visual Computing Lab, ISTI- CNR Pisa
  • Valeria Vitale / PhD student at Kings College London

Programme managers

  • Dr Hilkka Hiiop (Art Museum of Estonia / Estonian Art Academy)
  • Hembo Pagi (MTÜ Arheovisoon / University of Southampton)
  • Andres Uueni (SA Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Ennistuskoda “Kanut”)

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