Studies in the History of Painting Restoration

Christine Sitwell, Sarah Staniforth (eds)

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ISBN: 1873132468
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 246 x 185 mm
Pages: 190
Illustrations: 28 halftone

Published information about the restoration of paintings prior to the twentieth century has been very limited despite the fact that extensive documentation exists in the archives of royal, public and private collections throughout Europe. Studies in the History of Painting Restoration reveals an interesting and detailed account of the materials and methods used, the interaction between restorer, curator and collector and the different philosophical approaches towards restoration and the care of paintings.

An asset to every (not just conservation) library, the book deals with several issues, and this overview of the history of paintings restoration is not only informative but often hilariously entertaining. It also raises important issues for our own understanding and proper reading of paintings, and approaches during current treatments.
Western Association for Art Conservation Newsletter 20(2) (May 1998) 28-29