Conservation principles & methods
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Conservation Guest Scholars, Postdoctoral Fellowships & ...
Information on the conservation guest scholar and postdoctoral fellowship programs at the Getty Conservation Institute
Cultural Heritage Policy Documents
A list of charters, with links to full text documents, tracing the development of cultural policy since 1904.
Color Science in the Examination of Museum Objects ...
Overview of theoretical concepts as well as hands-on guidance on application of color science
Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces
Description of the 2014 CAPS workshop at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Integrating Imaging and Analytical Technologies for ...
Our Projects. Integrating Imaging and Analytical Technologies for
Conservation Practice. Current Projects: Past Projects: ...
Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative
A multifaceted, long-term initiative for the varied conservation needs of modern and contemporary art.
Managing Collection Environments Initiative
A multiyear initiative to address research and practical issues related to control and management of collection environments.
Research into Practice Initiative
Develops training workshops, colloquia, and similar events to present scientific advances from research undertaken by the GCI and its partners.
Athenian Pottery Project
Scientific research to understand, the materials and techniques employed to create the iconic red and black figure pottery of ancient Athens.
Arches Project
A collaborative project to develop an open source web- and GIS-based information system to inventory and manage immovable cultural heritage
Lecture: Out in the Open: Conservation Challenges of Outdoor ...
Details and video of a panel discussion on management and care of outdoor artworks held at the Getty Center on May 25, 2012
Twentieth-Century Color Photographs: Identification and Care
Overview of the history and technology of the major traditional color photographic processes.
Issues in the Conservation of Paintings
More than 70 texts on paintings conservation, many appearing in English for the first time.
Oxygen-Free Museum Cases
Discusses the use of hermetically sealed cases for the long-term conservation of oxygen-sensitive objects.
Changing Views of Textile Conservation
Eighty-one readings in the practice of textile conservation.
The Use of Oxygen-Free Environments in the Control of ...
Discusses use of nitrogen as the inert gas used to replace oxygen and types of treatment chambers.
Inert Gases in the Control of Museum Insect Pests
Information on the biological mechanisms by which nontoxic gases kill insects; creating and maintaining an anoxic atmosphere; treatments; and procedures for treating objects.
Management Planning for Archaeological Sites
Proceedings of a 2000 workshop to discuss challenges faced by archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.
Personal Viewpoints: Thoughts about Paintings Conservation
Features papers from a Getty Museum conference exploring the nature of paintings conservation.
Stone Conservation: An Overview of Current Research
This is the second edition authored by Eric Doehne and C.A. Price.
Issues in the Conservation of Photographs
Chronicals development of photo conservation as a profession through 72 essential texts.
Conserving Outdoor Sculpture
Presents research on the materials and construction techniques of the Stark Collection at the Getty.
Lessons Learned
Proceedings from the 9th triennial meeting of the International Committee for Conservation of Mosaics in 2005.
Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road
Papers from the 2nd International Conference on Conservation of Grotto Sites in 2004.
Creación de un plan de emergencia: Guía para museos y ...
(Spanish) Step-by-step guide to developing an emergency preparedness and response strategy.
Cave Temples of Mogao: Art and History on the Silk Road
Presents history and development of the cave temple as well as iconography and conservation of the wall paintings.
Conservation of the Last Judgment Mosaic, St. Vitus Cathedral ...
Selected papers from the 2001 international symposium marking completion of the mosaics conservation.
Solvent Gels for the Cleaning of Works of Art
Examines gels cleaning treatment of paintings and painted works of art.
Heritage Values in Site Management
Four case studies examining the creations and management of heritage values.
Copper and Bronze in Art
A review of the literature on copper and its alloys.
Color Science in the Examination of Museum Objects
Overview of theoretical concepts as well as hands-on guidance on application of color science.
The Conservation of Tapestries and Embroideries
The 15 papers in this volume focus on treatments of western European tapestries and ecclesiastical embroideries.
Historical and Philosophical Issues in the Conservation of ...
First ever comprehensive collection of text on conservation of art and architecture published in English.
Conservation and Seismic Strengthening of Byzantine ...
Results of a four-year study of seismic retrofitting techniques for these ancient churches.
Planning and Engineering Guidelines for the Seismic ...
Guidelines are the result of 12 years of research undertaken by the Getty Seismic Adobe Project (GASP) on seismic stabilization of historic adobe structures.
The Conservation of Artifacts Made from Plant Materials
An informal reference source for practicing conservators working with objects made from plant materials.
The Restoration of Engravings, Drawings, Books, and Other ...
English-language translation of Max Schweidlers 1938 book.
The Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings
Proceedings of a Symposium at the J. Paul Getty Museum, April 1995. Available in four separate sections as downloadable PDF files.
UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic ...
Information on the master's degree program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation offered by UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Trust
Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative
This initiative seeks to identify and address conservation challenges to modern architecture through a research and implementation program.
China Principles
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to develop conservation guidelines for cultural heritage sites in China.
MOSAIKON: A Regional Strategy for the Conservation of ...
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute partnership to enhance capacity for archaeological mosaics in the Mediterranean region.
Museum Lighting Research
Examines to what extent range of techniques for illuminating light-sensitive artworks can be improved.
Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management (2004 ...
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project on integrated emergency management for museums and other cultural institutions.
Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces
Description of the 2013 CAPS workshop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia.
Iraq Cultural Heritage Conservation Initiative
Overview and details of a GCI project to repair Iraqi cultural heritage, and rebuild Iraqi conservation and heritage management capacity.
Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA) - Jordan
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to develop a GIS for the Department of Antiquities in Jordan.
Valley of the Queens
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project for the conservation and management of the Valley of the Queens in Luxor, Egypt.
Organization of World Heritage Cities World Symposia
Overview and details of a collaborative GCI project to organize World Symposia for the Organization of World Heritage Cities.
Historic Cities and Urban Settlements Initiative
Overview and details of a GCI project to enhance practices in conservation and management of historic cities and urban settlements.
Mogao and Yungang Grottoes (1990–1995)
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project for the implementation of site conservation strategies in China.
St. Vitus Mosaic in Prague (1992–2008)
Overview and details of a past GCI project that focuses on the conservation of the Last Judgment mosaic on St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.
Values of Heritage (1998–2005)
Overview of a past GCI project to provide tools and methods for assessing values and applying the results to sustainable conservation solutions.
Environmental Guidelines for Collections (1999–2002)
Overview and details of a past GCI project for providing a reference for designing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning for museums.
Heritage Values, Stakeholders and Consensus Building
Overview of a Conservation Institute project to advance the ability of heritage professionals to constructively engage with stakeholders.
Southern African Rock Art Project
Overview and details of a GCI project to strengthen rock art preservation, conservation, accessibility, and management in the Southern African region.
Latin American Consortium (1997–2002)
Details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project for training to enhance preventive conservation in Latin America.
Management Planning (2009–2013)
Overview of a Getty Conservation Institute project to identify needs in heritage management and to develop ways to address gaps in the field.
Seismic Stabilization of Historic Structures (1990–1996)
Overview and details of a past GCI project that focused on researching methods to provide seismic stabilization for historic buildings.
International Course on Stone Conservation 2015
An advanced international course in the conservation of stone—to be held in Rome, Italy, April-July 2015.
Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road (1997)
Proceedings of an October 1993 international conference at the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang.
Lecture: Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Modern and ...
Details and video of a live panel discussion presented by the Getty Conservation Institute in April 2009.
Preventive Conservation (1990–1995)
A summary of a training course sponsored by the GCI that addressed the management of environmental conditions for collections.
Historic Buildings, Collections and Sites (2002–2003)
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute course offered in partnership with University College London.
Maya Initiative (1999–2009)
Overview and details of a past GCI initiative to reinforce and develop conservation practices in order to resolve common problems in the Maya region.
Stone Deterioration & Treatment (1986–1991)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute program of research into the deterioration and treatment of stone materials.
Cleaning of Paintings (1987–1989)
A summary of training courses that emphasized the use of new methods and materials for the cleaning of paintings sponsored by the GCI.
Insect Control with the Fumigant Vikane (1986–1990)
Overview and details of a past GCI project to investigate potential adverse effects of Vikane on museum artifacts and historic structures.
Permanence and Application of Conservation Materials (1983 ...
Overview and details of a past GCI program of research into the permanence and application of conservation materials.
Disaster Preparedness and Response (1992)
A summary of a workshop on emergency planning for collecting institutions sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Pest Management (1994–1996)
A summary of training courses on pest control in museums sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Archaeological Conservation and Site Management (1987 ...
A summary of training courses on the care and conservation of archaeological sites and materials sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conservation of Wall Paintings (1985–1991)
A summary of a 3-year diploma course on the conservation of wall paintings sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Directors' Retreats (2002-2008)
Details of a GCI project to enhance conservation education by providing retreat opportunities for senior-level educators.
ARIS (2005–2009)
Overview and details of the Getty Conservation Institute and ICCROM sponsored advanced course in architectural conservation, ARIS.
Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer
A series of workshops to disseminate new procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information about lacquered objects.
Conservation of Polychromed Wooden Altarpieces (2000 ...
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project to conserve polychromed wooden altarpieces.
Organic Materials in Wall Paintings (2003–2010)
Overview and details of a GCI project to improve wall paintings conservation through identification of organic materials used as binders.
Conservation of Photographic Materials (1987–1994)
A summary of training courses on the conservation and preventive care of photographic materials sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Facing Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation (2011)
Proceedings of a 2009 Getty symposium examining directions and developments in the field over the previous 15 years. Downloadable in 5 sections.
Preservation of Photographs and Photograph Collections
July 2014 course on identification & conservation of color and digital prints.
Retablo of the Church of Santo Domingo (1997–2000)
Overview of a past Getty Conservation Institute project on the documentation and structural analysis of the Yanhuitlan altarpiece in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces
This workshop series seeks to integrate ongoing scientific research with the latest perspectives on cleaning technology within art conservation.
Didactic Case Study of Jarash, Jordan
Case study of management of Jarash for use in academic programs, courses, and workshops. Available in 8 downloadable sections or as 1 file.
The Conservation and Management of the Tomb of ...
Bibliography covers areas related to research needs of the GCI conservation project to conserve and manage Tutankhamen's tomb.
Evaluation of Lime-Based Hydraulic Injection Grouts for ...
A manual of laboratory and field test methods to test, evaluate, and select appropriate injection grouts for architectural surfaces
Newsletter 24.2 Fall 2009
Newsletter article on the cleaning of acrylic emulsion paintings.
Seismic Retrofitting Project: Assessment of Prototype ...
Damage and construction assessments developed for 4 earthen sites in Peru representative of building typologies in Latin America.
Earthen Architecture Initiative Seismic Retrofitting Project: A ...
A bibliography to aid conservation professionals understand built earthen heritage sites & how they respond to earthquakes.
Conference: Conservation of Archaeological Sites in the ...
A summary of a conference devoted to the investigation of processes used to manage archaeological sites sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Wall Paintings at Mogao Grottoes
Information Gathering & Assessment related to Wall Painting Conservation at Mogao Grottoes, China
Wall Paintings Conservation at Mogao Grottoes
Scientific Investigation related to Wall Painting Conservation at Mogao Grottoes, China
Wall Paintings at Mogao Grottoes
Condition Monitoring related to Wall Painting Conservation at Mogao Grottoes, China
Assessment Report on Shuxiang Temple
Assessment Report on Shuxiang Temple, Chengde - available in 12 sections as downloadable PDFs.
Lecture: Object in Transition, Contemporary Voices
Details and video of a panel discussion at the Getty Center featuring artists Rachel Harrison, Paul McCarthy, and Doris Salcedo.
Conference: Seismic Protection of Historic Buildings and ...
An international colloquium that reviewed seismic stabilization of historic buildings and monuments sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conference: In Situ Archaeological Conservation (1986)
Summary of a forum to discuss the problems associated with conserving archaeological materials, with special regard for sites and those objects which remain in situ.
Conference: Conservation of Cultural Property in Asia and the ...
A summary of a symposium that focused on conservation issues in Asia and the Pacific sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conference: Mortality Immortality? The Legacy of 20th ...
A summary of a conference sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute devoted to issues regarding the preservation of contemporary art.
Lecture: Art as Evidence: The Scientific Investigation of Works ...
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute panel discussion on December 1, 2009.