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Facing the Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation: Trends, Treatments, and Training

Proceedings of a Symposium at the Getty Center, May 17–18, 2009
Edited by Alan Phenix and Sue Ann Chui

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Panel paintings face serious conservation challenges; they are prone to structural issues (warping, cracking, etc.), and the expertise to deal with these problems is limited. In 2009 the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Museum organized the symposium "Facing the Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation" to bring together an international audience of conservators, curators, and scientists to discuss these challenges.

These proceedings present the seventeen papers and fourteen posters from the symposium, which describe new research, perspectives, and approaches to preventive conservation issues and the conservation treatment of panel paintings. These contributions also suggest avenues for future research—treatment and education efforts that may serve to advance the field of panel paintings conservation.

Alan Phenix is a scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute. Sue Ann Chui is an associate conservator in the Paintings Conservation department of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

This publication is available for download free of charge from the GCI website, on the "Related Materials" page of the Panel Paintings Initiative. A print-on-demand edition may be purchased through