Colour Change in Paintings

Rhiannon Clarricoates, Helen Dowding, Alexandra Gent (eds)

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ISBN: 9781909492431
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 246 x 175 mm
Pages: 138

Changes in colour may completely alter the way we see a painting. From blue leaves in a still life, to the blue walls in Van Gogh’s bedroom, our perception of a painting can be informed by an understanding of these changes. When conserving paintings our comprehension of these alterations can influence the way we display and restore them. The papers in this volume were presented at the ICON paintings Group conference 'Appearance and Reality: Examining Colour Change in Paintings' with the aim of providing an overview of colour change in paintings, from the work of the old masters to modern and contemporary painters. They also address the aesthetic considerations related to these changes when approaching conservation treatments and how understanding these variations can influence the restoration and presentation of paintings.

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For its great breadth but limited scope for exhaustive detail within the subject, this publication is a good place to start, and it would be a useful read not only to students of painting conservation and trained conservators wishing to keep their knowledge current, but also to museum professionals and curators more broadly: exhibition policies as well as art historical interpretation of altered paint surfaces would benefit from taking into account the facts, issues and solutions presented throughout this book.
Journal of the Institute of Conservation - Oct 17