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Edited by Erik Risser and David Saunders
The archaeological finds at Herculaneum and Pompeii have rendered Naples an especially rich field for the study of the history of restorations, particularly of ancient bronzes. Bringing together the research of an international group of curators, conservators, archivists, and scientists, this extensively illustrated online volume examines the evolving practice of bronze restoration in Naples and other European centers from the eighteenth century to today.
Presenting the results of new investigations, this collection of essays and case studies addresses the contexts in which the restorations took place, the techniques and materials used, the role of specialists, and changing attitudes to the display of these statues. Along with a rich selection of images, these texts offer a significant contribution to the history of restoration and conservation, providing valuable information regarding the evolution of taste and museum practices at a formative stage of modern archaeology.
The essays collected here were written following a series of presentations at a one-day conference, "Restoring Ancient Bronzes in the Nineteenth Century," held at the J. Paul Getty Museum on May 6, 2011.
Each illustrated essay is accompanied by a separate gallery of large-format images to facilitate study and analysis.
Edited by Erik Risser, associate conservator in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and David Saunders, assistant curator in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, this collection is part of the Getty's ongoing commitment to the online publication of scholarly conferences and symposia.
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The Restoration of Ancient Bronzes: Naples and Beyond
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Front image: Apollo Saettante, 100 B.C.–before A.D. 79. Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale (detail, figure 4.18)
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