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Color Science in the Examination of Museum Objects
Color Science in the Examination of Museum Objects
Nondestructive Procedures
Ruth Johnston-Feller

Getty Conservation Institute
385 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
11 color and 2 b/w illustrations, 167 graphs, 30 tables
ISBN 978-0-89236-586-9
paper, $80.00  Order


This volume presents the life work of the late Ruth Johnston-Feller, one of the nation's leading color scientists. It combines an overview of basic theoretical concepts with detailed, hands-on guidance for the professional conservator and conservation scientist.

The author focuses on the application of color science to the solution of practical problems, providing a comprehensive discussion of the nondestructive spectrophotometric tools and techniques used to understand the color and appearance of materials during the technical examination of works of art. The book, which features numerous examples of reference reflectance spectra, can help prevent misinterpretation of color measurements and the erroneous conclusions that might result. Topics include spectrophotometry, colorimetry, colorant mixtures, analytical techniques, reflection, fluorescence, and the effects of extenders, fillers, and inerts.

Ruth Johnston-Feller, who died in April 2000, held key positions at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company and the Ciba-Geigy Corporation. Her industrial research resulted in numerous publications, including a major chapter on color theory in the three-volume book Pigment Handbook.

Series: Tools for Conservation

Price: $80.00  Order