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František Makeš, PhD was born in 1931. During his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, he had the opportunity to work in the laboratories of the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University, where he learned about the different chemical procedures that could be used in restoration work. At the Faculty, he also got to know Professor Heyrovský and the polarographic method and he decided to pursue studies aimed at the wider use of scientific methods in restoration work. In the first half of the 1960s, he participated in the restoration of the collection of paintings of the Prague Castle Gallery, for which the Prague restoration school gained international recognition. In 1968, František Makeš, PhD moved to Sweden in order to continue his work. After the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968, he decided to emigrate. He continued his studies at the University of Göteborg. His thesis on enzymatic reactions in artworks attracted international attention. At that time, František Makeš was also the chief conservator of Swedish royal art collections at Skokloster Castle. His most renowned restoration work is Arcimboldo’s famous portrait of Rudolph II.

František Makeš, PhD has also made a great contribution to the detection of art forgery by means of new scientific methods. He received two patents in biochemistry for a mildew removing method and for enzymatic reactions, which enabled him to detect many forged copies of the works of renowned painters.

From 1989, František Makeš, PhD has repeatedly visited the Czech Republic to lecture on his inventions and unique restoration techniques and to exhibit his own paintings. Recently, he has lectured on his new method of conservation, called "enzymatic consolidation", and he has donated this patent to the Czech Republic.

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