Dimensions: 292 x 235 mm
Illustrations: 142 colour, 47 halftone
This is the first volume of Occasional Papers on the Samuel H. Kress Collection and is published in the memory of Mario Modestini who died on January 28, 2006 in New York. The book marks the tenth anniversary of the advanced training in Old Masters conservation sponsored by the Kress Foundation at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University.
The first part of the book is an overview of historic approaches to the conservation of European paintings and the conservation history of the Kress collection of paintings (which was formed between 1929 and 1961). The second part gives the results of scientific and humanistic research gained in the process of conserving specific Italian and Dutch Old Masters.
Published in association with the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
In her introduction, Marilyn Perry describes one of the Kress Foundation's goals as bringing a fuller understanding of the original place and purpose for which art of previous centuries was created. This volume is an excellent contribution to that effort.
Studies in Conservation 56 (2011) 77-79