Retouching of Art on Paper

Tina Grette Poulsson

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ISBN: 9781904982135
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Pages: 139
Illustrations: 25 colour, 13 halftone

Retouching, the process employed by paper conservators to replace damaged or lost areas of media, is carried out directly on the original item or on paper infills. Interventive retouching on an original surface requires the consideration of several important ethical issues such as reversibility and authenticity. The use of retouching on infills, which could be termed non-interventive, is easier to accept, as it can always be made reversible and can normally be easily identified as a later addition to the original work. The focus of this book is on interventive retouching and does not include methods of toning or other aspects belonging to infilling. However, the question of reconstruction, including digital reconstruction and facsimile reintegration, is discussed.

As artworks are intended to be seen, it can be argued that aesthetics are of paramount importance. Retouching may be used as a means to preserve the legibility and composition of the image for the viewer and as such it may be considered a necessary or unnecessary evil.

This book, one of very few published texts on paper conservation, is a study of a subject of great interest to paper conservators. It also presents a valuable resource on issues concerning curators of paper collections and conservators in other specialties. The author has done an admirable job of collecting sources on the subject...This book is an important addition to [paper conservation] literature.
Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property 35 (2010) 63-64