1981 …2020

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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Mikkel Scharff, associate professor at the Institute for Conservation at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design, and Conservation (KADK), Copenhagen, Denmark, IIC Fellow, received MSc in Painting Conservation in 1987 from the School of Conservation, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK), Copenhagen, Denmark. From 1987 lecturer at the School of Conservation, from 1992 Head of the Department of Paintings (and Provost 1992-2008). In addition, head of the Monumental Art department 2004-2010). 2013-2018 Head of the School of Conservation, and head of the Institute of Conservation, at KADK.

Scharff has been lecturing and/or researched structural treatment of canvas paintings, technical-analytical photography, preventive conservation, ancient and medieval sculptural polychromy, technical art history, and history of conservation of paintings in Denmark and abroad.

Scharff has a wide network within conservation and conservation science and has been partner in national and international research projects on a selection of the mentioned subjects. 

Scharff has been involved in the national research collaboration on technical art history, CATS (financed project by the Velux and Villum Kann Rasmussen Foundations 2011-2016 - and ongoing as research network, consisting of three partners: the National Museum of Denmark, SMK - the National Gallery of Denmark and the School of Conservation KADK) and a number of international EU-funded projects, such as INCCA (1999-2002), PROPAINT (2007-2010), MEMORI (2010-2013), CollectionCare (2019-2022). The latter three projects examine how cultural heritage (eg paintings) can be protected against unfavourable climatic variations or conditions in micro climate frame systems and using specially designed sensors and software in order to be able to alert users at unfavourable consitions in museums and storage. In association with CATS Scharff is since 2015 participating in the European research infrastructure IPERION_CH - and preparations are ongoing to establish a permanent research infrastructure for heritage science in Europe.

Scharff has lectured at international conferences, written or co-written a number of papers, book chapters and other types of professional dissemination on the mentioned subjects. Furthermore, dissemination to the interested public by means of the printed and electronic media, exhibitions, etc. 

Mikkel Scharff has served as council member of international professional museum and conservation organizations, for example: 1990-1996 as coordinator for the working group on paintings at the International Council of Museums - Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC), 1996-2004 as Treasurer of the ICOM-CC Council, 2000-2012 as Secretary of the Danish ICOM National Committee, and since 2007 as member of the IIC Council, serving as vice-president since 2013.

In connection with the work of international conservation organizations, research projects and research networks, Mikkel Scharff has participated in the planning and organization of estimated 20 major international congresses / conferences, each with 500-1000 participants. Furthermore Scharff has been participating in the planning and organization of a number of smaller international congresses / conferences (100-300 participants), typically in connection with research projects.Peer-review and editorial work in connection with these conferences / projects, where each of the larger congresses has resulted in 50-150 peer-reviewed articles and lectures.



Research area

  • Conservation
  • Conservation of paintings
  • Structural treatment of canvas paintings
  • Multispectral imaging
  • Preventive conservation
  • Technical art history
  • History of conservation
  • Materials
  • Cultural and natural heritage
  • Analysis and deterioration



Andersen, C. K., Scharff, M. & Lee, D. S.


Project: Research

Bagsidebeskyttelse af maleri på lærred

Padfield, T., Andersen, C. K., Scharff, M., Lee, D. S., Padfield, N., Thøgersen, A. & Valbjørn, A.

01/01/2019 → …

Project: Research

Red ostrich eggs from Bahrain

Richter, J. & Scharff, M.

01/01/2011 → …

Project: Research

Research Output

Mindeord om Tim Padfield, 1937-2020

Shashoua, Y., Scharff, M. & Ryhl-Svendsen, M., 2020, In : BEVAR. 1/2020, p. 32-33

Publications: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

Open Access

Obituary: Tim Padfield (1937-2020)

Scharff, M., Shashoua, Y. & Ryhl-Svendsen, M., 2020, In : News In Conservation. 78, p. 32-33

Publications: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

Open Access

A Portable Tool for the Evaluation of Microclimate Conditions within Museum Enclosures, Transit Frames, and Transport Cases

Odlyha, M., Slater, J. M., Grøntoft, T., Jakiela, S., Obarzanowski, M., Thickett, D., Hackney, S., Andrade, G., Wadum, J., Christensen, A. H. & Scharff, M., 11 Sep 2018, In : Studies in Conservation. 63, Supplement 1, p. 407-410 4 p.

Publications: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Glue-paste linings: An evaluation of some biological, chemical and mechanical aspects of a traditional technique

Fuster-López, L., Andersen, C. K., Bouillon, N., Frohrer, F., Rossi-Doria, M., Scharff, M., Seymour, K., Vicente-Escuder, Á., Vicente-Palomino, S. & Yusà-Marco, D. J., Aug 2017. 11 p.

Publications: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Tibetan wall painting: Investigation of materials and techniques and DNA analysis of proteinaceous binding medium

Simonsen, K. P., Bøllingtoft, P., Sanyova, J., Wangdu, P., Scharff, M. & Redsted Rasmussen, A., Sep 2015, In : International Journal of Conservation Science. 6, 3, p. 323-334 12 p.

Publications: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access


CollectionCare WP2 meeting, Eindhoven

Cecil Krarup Andersen (Participant), , Mikkel Scharff (Participant), & Namseok Kim (Participant)

2 Dec 20193 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Semi-annual, final IPERION_CH E_RIHS meeting

Mikkel Scharff (Participant)

23 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Conserving Canvas Scientific Research Meeting

Mikkel Scharff (Consultant), & Cecil Krarup Andersen (Consultant)

18 Oct 2019

Activity: Consultancy Consultancy

To Treat or Not to Treat: That is the Question

Mikkel Scharff (Lecturer)

14 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation Lecture and oral contribution

Conserving Canvas Symposium

Mikkel Scharff (Participant)

14 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event Organisation and participation in conference

Press / Media

CollectionCare Video

Cecil Krarup Andersen, Mikkel Scharff, Daniel Sang-Hoon Lee & Namseok Kim


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview om CATS og om begrebet teknisk kunsthistorie

Mikkel Scharff


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media