Edited by David Bomford and Mark Leonard

conservation book

This volume on paintings conservation includes more than 70 texts dating from the 15th century to the present day. Some are classic and highly influential writings; others, although little known when first published, in retrospect reflect important themes and issues in the history of the field. Many appear here in English translation for the first time, including D. Vicente Polero y Toledo's 1855 essay "Arte de la Restauración" (The Art of Restoration) and Victor Bauer-Bolton's treatise from 1914, "Sollen fehlende Stellen bei Gemälden ergänzt werden?" (Should Missing Areas of Paintings Be Made Good?). The book has six sections: An Historical Miscellany, History of the Profession, Study of Artists' Materials and Techniques, Structural Interventions, Philosophical and Practical Approaches to Cleaning and Restoration, and Cleaning Controversies.

This is the second volume in the GCI's Readings in Conservation series, which publishes texts considered fundamental to an understanding of the history, philosophies, and methodologies of conservation.

David Bomford is senior restorer of paintings at the National Gallery, London. Mark Leonard is conservator of paintings at the Getty Museum.

520 pages, 7 x 10 inches
8 color and 5 b/w illustrations
ISBN 0-89236-780-6, $60.00
ISBN 0-89236-781-4, paper, $40.00

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