Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of their History and Characteristics, Volume 4

Barbara H. Berrie (ed.)

UK Price: £75.00 US Price: $125.00

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ISBN: 9781904982234
Binding: Hardback
Dimensions: 250 x 165 mm
Pages: 245
Illustrations: 58 colour, 36 halftone

This is the fourth volume in the series Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of their History and Characteristics published by National Gallery of Art in association with Archetype Publications Ltd. The first three volumes were reprinted in 2012 so the full set is available for the first time:
9781904982746 Artists' Pigments Volume 1 Robert Feller (ed.)
9781904982753 Artists' Pigments Volume 2 Ashok Roy (ed.)
9781904982760 Artists' Pigments Volume 3 Elisabeth West Fitzhugh (ed.)
9781904982234 Artists' Pigments Volume 4 Barbara Berrie (ed.)

Each volume concentrates on different pigments (see the contents for each volume). The series is an Encyclopedic Reference intended for:
-The practicing artist to learn a pigment's color, hiding power, light-fastness, toxicity,
compatibility;
-The art historian to know how an artist worked, what pigments were used, whether they were pure or mixed, opaque or tranparent, layered or not;
-The conservator to devise techniques necessary for the care and conservation of works of art, to determine what is original, to repair damages, to compensate for missing portions of a painted surface;
-The curator and the connoisseur to know the history of manufacture and use of pigments, to authenticate and assign probable dates to works of art;
-The conservation scientist to learn identification methods used, including optical microscopy, microchemical tests, X-ray diffraction, infrared and reflectance
spectrophotometry, and electron microscopy.

Reviews
Volume 4 has the same high standard of content, clarity and production as its predecessors, making it easy to use for reference and enjoyable to browse...
ICON News (September 2007)