Historical Painting Techniques, Materials, and Studio Practice

University of Leiden, Netherlands, June 1995 Preprints Edited by Arie Wallert, Erma Hermens, and Marja F. J. Peek

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Bridging the fields of conservation, art history, and museum curating, this volume contains the principal papers from an international symposium titled "Historical Painting Techniques, Materials, and Studio Practice" at the University of Leiden in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from June 26 to 29, 1995. The symposium—designed for art historians, conservators, conservation scientists, and museum curators worldwide—was organized by the Department of Art History at the University of Leiden and the Art History Department of the Central Research Laboratory for Objects of Art and Science in Amsterdam.

Twenty-five contributors representing museums and conservation institutions throughout the world provide recent research on historical painting techniques, including wall painting and polychrome sculpture. Topics cover the latest art historical research and scientific analyses of original techniques and materials, as well as historical sources, such as medieval treatises and descriptions of painting techniques in historical literature. Chapters include the painting methods of Rembrandt and Vermeer, Dutch 17th-century landscape painting, wall paintings in English churches, Chinese paintings on paper and canvas, and Tibetan thangkas. Color plates and black-and-white photographs illustrate works from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Arie Wallert is an Associate Scientist with the Getty Conservation Institute, Erma Hermens is a Research Scientist with the Department of Art History at the University of Leiden, and Marja F. J. Peek is Head of the Art History Department of the Central Research Laboratory in Amsterdam

268 pages, 8-3/8 x 11-1/2 inches, 64 color plates
125 black-and-white illustrations
ISBN 0-89236-322-3, paper, $50.00
available June 1995


Research Abstracts of the Scientific Program
Edited by James R. Druzik

This third edition of the Research Abstracts of the Scientific Program presents a detailed overview of the Getty Conservation Institute's Scientific Program research covering the period from 1984 to 1994. It summarizes 68 different projects, including environmental controls in museums, the use of protective materials and analyses in the conservation of cultural objects and archaeological sites, and the use of new technologies for monitoring, documentation, and analysis. Summaries are organized into four major branches: Museum Environment, Materials and Methods, Architectural and Archaeological Conservation, and New Technology and Analytical Techniques. The volume includes five appendices and a comprehensive subject index.

James R. Druzik is Programs Conservation Scientist, extramural research, at the Getty Conservation Institute.

275 pages, 8-3/8 x 10-7/8 inches ISBN 0-89236-244-8, paper, $15.00

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