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February 2011

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In This Issue:

Gerhard Richter
Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean
Herakleides
Stone Conservation

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Gerhard Richter
Early Work 1951-1972
Edited by Christine Mehring, Jeanne Anne Nugent, and Jon L. Seydl
Gerhard Richter

Born in Dresden in 1932, Gerhard Richter was first educated under the prevailing doctrine of Socialist Realism and retrained after emigrating to West Germany, thus uniquely embodying the division of Germany during the Cold War. This volume brings together new studies of his early career by an international group of scholars. The authors approach the context from a variety of angles including the social and political histories of a divided Germany, the conflicted development of Soviet Socialist Realism in East Germany, a Cold War visuality integrating pre- and post-resettlement works, the archival dimension of the artist's output in relation to Richter's Atlas, and the artist's involvement in the representation of his work in archives, exhibitions, and catalogues.

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Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean
Edited by Erich S. Gruen

Cultural identity is a slippery and elusive concept. When applied to the collective self-consciousness among peoples or nations, it becomes all the more difficult to define or grasp. In recent decades scholars have focused on the "other"—the alien, the unfamiliar, the different, perceived or conceived as the opposite—to highlight the virtues and advantages of the self. While this influential idea continues to hold sway, the time has come for a more nuanced and complex understanding of how the various societies of the ancient Mediterranean shaped their sense of identity.

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Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean
Herakleides
A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt
Lorelei H. Corcoran and Marie Svoboda
Herakleides

Herakleides was a young man who lived and died in Roman Egypt almost two thousand years ago. This multidisciplinary study of his mummy, which is in the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection and on view at the Getty Villa, highlights the funerary practices and religious beliefs of his world. Through state-of-the-art technology Getty conservators, working with professionals from various other disciplines, sought to determine if the portrait over the mummy's face actually depicted the mummified remains, if precious jewels or amulets were present within the wrappings, and if the age of the mummy could be determined. The investigation was carried out without unwrapping the mummy. The iconographic symbols decorating the red-painted shroud of Herakleides depict gods and goddesses as well as express a desire for an eternal afterlife. Such concepts, popularly associated with ancient Egypt, remained influential into the time of the Roman Empire.

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Stone Conservation
An Overview of Current Research
Second Edition
Eric Doehne and Clifford A. Price

Petra, Angkor, Copan, Venice, Lascaux, Easter Island—all are examples of irreplaceable cultural heritage built in stone and now slowly disappearing. In 1996 the Getty Conservation Institute published Stone Conservation: An Overview of Current Research as a tool for conservators and conservation scientists to guide policy, practice, and research in the preservation of stone in monuments, sculpture, and archaeological sites. This second edition reflects the explosion of new research, enlarging the discussion of preventive conservation and adding new sections on rock art and other subjects. It provides a strategic overview of the intervening fifteen years in stone conservation research and an updated critique of the field's strengths and weaknesses.

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Stone Conservation

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