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ISBN: 9781904982913 UK Price: £39.50 US Price: $80.00 The papers in this volume, presented at the conference Conservation in the Nineteenth Century, suggest that we should not think of the nineteenth century as a time solely marked by conservation activities that should be be criticised, but as an interesting confluence of various attitudes out of which modern conservation trends emerged. The conservation profession has its roots in the intellectual movements of the first half of the 19th century, following the Enlightenment. Scholarly study of objects made available by important archeological excavations and discoveries gave birth to the first debates on theoretical issues of preservation. Also the political events which disrupted Europe in the first decades of the 19th century played a significant role in conservation practice. In particular, Napoleon’s appropriation of works of art. As much as early conservation treatments can create many problems for conservators today, in some cases, they did prolong the life of an object that might not exist today. In some of these treatments we can see the interest in scientific methods that comprise the foundation of current conservation treatments. Nineteenth century technical inventions brought about by the industrial revolution led to the mass production of many materials. These have had both a positive and negative influence on conservation.
ISBN: 9781904982883 UK Price: £29.50 US Price: $70.00 Adhesives and consolidants used in the conservation of paintings (e.g. for lining, the laying down of paint flakes, the application of temporary facings etc, can have very varying properties at the time they are applied. Over time, and under differing conditions, some materials can present concerns for the conservator including brittleness, yellowing and discolouration and difficulty in removal. The papers in this volume, presented at an ICON paintings group conference at the National Portrait Gallery, London, confront some of the problems encountered including: the practical application of materials; reversibility and long –term performance; the properties required of an adhesive and the properties of some of the materials commonly used as consolidants / adhesives.
ISBN: 9781904982722 UK Price: £60.00 US Price: $120.00 The use of scientific methods to study works of art began at the Freer Gallery of Art in 1951 with the work of R. J. Gettens. While Mr. Gettens was active in many fields of research, his landmark publication was the volume of technical studies on the Freer Chinese bronzes, a collaborative effort by scientists, conservators, and art historians. These proceedings, and their companion symposium, commemorate that work and also present recent studies on ancient Chinese bronzes and Southeast and West Asian copper alloys. This work is the fifth in a series of publications of Forbes symposia proceedings by Archetype Publications in association with the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.