Metallography and Microstructure of Ancient and Historic Metals

conservation book

David A. Scott, Head of Museum Services for the GCI, provides a detailed introduction to the structure and morphology of ancient and historic metallic materials. Much of the scientific research on this important topic has been inaccessible, scattered throughout the international literature, or unpublished; this volume, although not exhaustive in its coverage, fills an important need by assembling much of this information in a single source.

Jointly published by the GCI and the J. Paul Getty Museum, the book deals with many practical matters relating to the mounting, preparation, etching, polishing, and microscopy of metallic samples and includes an account of the way in which phase diagrams can be used to assist in structural interpretation. The text is supplemented by an extensive number of microstructural studies carried out in the laboratory on ancient and historic metals. The student beginning the study of metallic materials and the conservation scientist who wishes to carry out structural studies of metallic objects of art will find this publication quite useful.

This 176-page book includes 20 color plates, 143 black-and-white illustrations, and 49 drawings.

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The Conservation of Wall Paintings

conservation book

The Sistine Chapel, the Brancacci Chapel, and the Tomb of Nefertari are among the well-known wall paintings discussed in this book by international experts in wall paintings conservation. The special problems associated with the protection of works such as these are explored from the perspective of diagnosis, documentation, treatment, and monitoring. A definitive paper on the effects of salts on wall paintings is also included.

This publication is the result of a symposium organized by the GCI and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 1987.

Because the conservation of wall paintings requires an interdisciplinary approach, the purpose of the symposium was to facilitate the exchange of information among international conservators, scientists, and historians involved in major wall paintings conservation projects. The interdisciplinary nature of contemporary wall paintings conservation is reflected in this volume which contains the symposium's papers.

Edited by Sharon Cather of the Courtauld Institute, this 130-page book includes 60 color plates and 85 black-and-white illustrations.


GCI Scientific Program Reports

The GCI Scientific Program Reports are a series of publications describing the results of selected research projects. Unlike the Research in Conservation series, these are final reports, essentially unabridged and frequently containing most, if not all, of the original data. This spring we offer four new volumes available from the J. Paul Getty Trust Publications Distribution Center.

Principles of Experimental Design for Art Conservation Research, by Terry J. Reedy and Chandra L. Reedy, covers both practical and statistical aspects of experimental design, as well as laboratory experiments on art materials and clinical experiments with art objects. The material should be useful to working conservators and conservation scientists. (114 p., $10)

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Protection of Works of Art from Soiling Due to Airborne Particulates by William W. Nazaroff, Mary P. Ligocki, Lynn G. Salmon, Glen R. Cass, Theresa Fall, Michael C. Jones, Harvey I. H. Liu, and Timothy Ma; seeks to understand the rates and fates of airborne particles as they enter the museum environment. Strategies are designed to mitigate soiling, based on data taken from detailed studies of five Southern California museums. (341 p., $15)

The third edition of Research Abstracts, by James R. Druzik, is now available. It is 25% larger than the 1990 version and includes extensive abstracts of every project, report, conference paper, and journal article pertinent to research carried out by the GCI since 1984. (230 p., $10)

To order this publication, go to the Getty Bookstore.

The Feasibility of Using Modified Atmospheres to Control Insect Pests in Museums, by Michael K. Rust and Janice M. Kennedy, is a final report of a study conducted at the University of California at Riverside. In this study, all life stages of ten museum pests were tested for the time to reach 100% mortality in a humidified nitrogen environment. (136 p., $10)

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Back issues still available directly from the GCI at $10 each:

Evaluation of Seismic Mitigation Measures for Art Objects
M. S. Agbabian, M.S. Masri, and R.L. Nigbor

Protection of Works of Art from Photochemical Smog
G. R. Cass, J. R. Druzik, D. Grosjean, and W. W. Nazaroff

Energy Conservation and Climate Control in Museums
J. M. Ayres, J.C. Haiad, and H. Lau

Air Pollution in Southern California Museums
M. H. Hisham, W. M. Mohamed, and D. Grosjean

Exposure of Deacidified Paper to Ambient Levels of SO2 and NO2
E. L. Williams and D. Grosjean

Removal of Air Pollutants from Museum Display Cases
S. S. Parmar and D. Grosjean

Assessment of the Susceptibility to Biodeterioration of Selected Polymers and Resins
R. J. Koestler and E. D. Santoro