Through its Panel Paintings Initiative dedicated to training a new generation of conservators to care for old master paintings on wooden supports, the Getty Foundation supported the translation and publication of key resources for the field.

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Frames and Supports in 15th- and 16th-Century Southern Netherlandish Painting

This free e-book, published by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels (KIK-IRPA) and supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation, features a wide range of profiles for frames and painting supports, forming a valuable resource for panel paintings conservators and scholars. Written by Hélène Verougstraete, the book is an updated study based on the author's 1989 doctoral thesis originally prepared in French with black and white illustrations. The new version has been fully translated into English and reformatted as a digital publication with a searchable, zoomable interface containing expanded research and over 2000 full color illustrations and diagrams.
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Wooden Supports in 12th—16th-Century European Paintings

Jacqueline Marette's Connaissance des primitifs par l'étude du bois du XIIe au XVIe siècle' (1961) is a unique resource on the history of painting techniques that combines scholarship in art history, conservation, and wood science. With support from the Getty Foundation's Panel Paintings Initiative, the Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS) based at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, Denmark, released a new English translation of Marette's book as a free online publication, making this key reference tool accessible to a wider array of scholars. This expanded publication features critical readings of the original texts and updated references, as well as commentary from specialists with technical expertise and art-historical knowledge on northern European panel paintings from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
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Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence: Method, Theory, and Practice

This free e-book, edited by Marco Ciatti and Cecilia Frosinini, includes important articles, specialist literature, and conference proceedings in the field of panel paintings conservation from over the past thirty years. The various texts, newly translated into English, showcase the Opificio delle Pietre Dure's most significant and complex panel paintings treatments. This volume promises to advance best practices not only in the field of panel paintings conservation, but also in paintings conservation and the wider conservation community. It is also a key resource for curators tasked with the care of panel paintings collections and of academic interest to art historians who specialize in Italian art.
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