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June 2011

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In This Issue:

Paragons and Paragone
Changing Views of Textile Conservation
House Paints, 1900—1960
Terra 2008

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Paragons and Paragone:
Van Eyck, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini
Rudolf Preimesberger

The paragone—the notion of competition and rivalry among the arts—has been a topic of debate for centuries. It erupted with great force in the Renaissance, with sculptors vying with painters for superiority, modern artists competing with the ancients, and painting challenging poetry. If the traces of this lively conversation are most evident in the literature, the remarkable scholarship presented here demonstrates how the paragone was rendered visible also in works of art. Readers will find surprising insights and unsuspected drama in works of art they may have thought they knew.

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Paragons and Paragone
Changing Views of Textile Conservation
Edited by Mary M. Brooks and Dinah D. Eastop
Changing Views of Textile Conservation

This fourth volume in the Readings in Conservation series aims to promote critical thinking about the concepts and practices of textile conservation and to encourage engagement with new issues. Recognizing conservation as a dynamic social force, the volume draws attention to the cultural significance of textiles and dress and to the importance of textile conservation in fostering understanding and use of collections. The eighty-one readings illustrate not only the intellectual foundations but also the important changes in conservation practice and contribute to the growing historiography of textile conservation.

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House Paints, 1900—1960:
History and Use
Harriet A. L. Standeven
House Paints, 1900—1960

The versatility of modern commercial house paints has ensured their use in a broad range of applications, including the protection and decoration of historic buildings, the coating of toys and furniture, and the creation of works of art. Historically, house paints were based on naturally occurring oils, gums, resins, and proteins, but in the early twentieth century, the introduction of synthetic resins revolutionized the industry. Good quality ready-mixed products became available and were used by artists worldwide. While the ubiquity of commercial paints means that conservators are increasingly called upon to preserve them, such paints pose unique challenges including establishing exactly which materials are present. This book traces the history of the household paint industry in the United States and United Kingdom over the first half of the twentieth century.

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Terra 2008:
The 10th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage
Edited by Leslie Rainer, Angelyn Bass Rivera, and David Gandreau
Terra 2008

Earthen architecture constitutes one of the most diverse forms of cultural heritage and one of the most challenging to preserve. It dates from all periods and is found on all continents but is particularly prevalent in Africa, where it has been a building tradition for centuries. Sites range from ancestral cities in Mali to the palaces of Abomey in Benin; from monuments and mosques in Iran and Buddhist temples on the Silk Road to Spanish missions in California. This volume's sixty-four papers address such themes as earthen architecture in Mali, the conservation of living sites, local knowledge systems and intangible aspects, seismic and other natural forces, the conservation and management of archaeological sites, research advances, and training.

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