Recent Publications

Picasso, Picabia, Ernst: new perspectives

Picasso, Picabia, Ernst: new perspectives
Joyce H. Townsend, Annette King, Adèle Wright (eds)

Picasso, Picabia and Ernst were what might be described as true Europeans, settled in Paris but with origins in other European countries, bringing their own culture and experience to the melting pot of the avant-garde which was Paris in the early 20th century. These artists were part of an exciting atmosphere of artistic and technological discovery and experimentation, and they were among the first to embrace new materials and techniques in order to push the boundaries of what could be achieved ... more...

UK Price: £35.00     US Price: $75.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 246 x 175     ISBN: 9781909492493     Publication Date: 11/02/2018    
Art on Paper: Mounting and Housing

Art on Paper: Mounting and Housing
Judith Rayner, Joanna M. Kosek, Birthe Christensen (eds)

*Paperback reprint January 2018* Mounting and housing of works of art on paper have always had an important influence on both the survival and the appreciation of the work. Many dangers of a physical, biological and chemical nature await unprotected works of art on paper and specialist mounting provides the primary way of safeguarding them. Also, since the way in which works are presented to the public affects their perception of them, mounting of works of art can contribute signific... more...

UK Price: £49.50     US Price: $90.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm     ISBN: 9781909492622     Publication Date: 10/01/2018    
A Perfect Ground: preparatory layers for oil paintings 1550 - 1900

A Perfect Ground: preparatory layers for oil paintings 1550 - 1900
Maartje Stols-Witlox

Grounds, or preparatory layers, form the basis upon which all artistic paintings are executed and can have a great impact on the ‘success’ of a painting, influencing both its aesthetic qualities and its longevity. Artists in different locations and at different times selected various materials and techniques to prepare their supports for painting. The subject of grounds also occupied the minds of the authors of artists’ manuals, recipe books and related historical sources. They wrote abo... more...

UK Price: £85.00     US Price: $175.00     Binding: Cased     Dimensions: 246 x 175mm     ISBN: 9781909492356     Publication Date: 12/12/2017    
Engaging Conservation: collaboration across disciplines

Engaging Conservation: collaboration across disciplines
Nina Owczarek, Molly Gleeson, Lynn A. Grant (eds)

When conservators and allied professionals act as a unified force, the synergistic effect offers greater creativity, flexibility, and diplomacy than any single voice can create on its own. In fact, these disciplines are interdependent and the explorations of how they intersect and support one another are the underlying thread that runs through all the papers in this volume. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formal establishment of its Conservation Department, the Penn Museum hoste... more...

UK Price: £42.50     US Price: $55.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 297 x 210     ISBN: 9781909492554     Publication Date: 27/11/2017    
Picture so Far: 50 Years of Painting Conservation, The

Picture so Far: 50 Years of Painting Conservation, The
Abigail Granville, Laura Hinde, Sophie Plender, Hayley Tomlinson, Nancy Wade (eds)

The conference papers in this volume look back over the people, places and occurrences which shaped the first 50 years of painting conservation practice and development - particularly in the UK and the USA. Thirteen authors reflect on a variety of topics including: the historic and on-going debates surrounding the notion of patina; the influence of science and technology on conservation practice; developments in aqueous cleaning methods; the importance of archives, oral history and film, and the... more...

UK Price: £29.50     US Price: $55.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 234 x 156     ISBN: 9781909492240     Publication Date: 21/11/2017    
Gels in the Conservation of Art

Gels in the Conservation of Art
Lora Angelova, Bronwyn Ormsby, Joyce H. Townsend, Richard Wolbers (eds)

This book contains the pre-printed papers and posters which were then presented at the Gels in Conservation conference, London 16 - 18 October 2017, plus an Appendix by Richard Wolbers 'Terminology and Properties of Selected Gels'. The texts in this volume represent the current theory, research and practice on the use of gel materials for treatment processes in the conservation of objects of art and surfaces in the built environment. The range of gels featured includes those drawn from the b... more...

UK Price: £70.00     US Price: $140.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 297 x 210     ISBN: 9781909492509     Publication Date: 16/10/2017    
A Changing Art: Nineteenth-Century Painting Practice and Conservation

A Changing Art: Nineteenth-Century Painting Practice and Conservation
Nicola Costaras, Kate Lowry, Helen Glanville, Pippa Balch, Victoria Sutcliffe, Polly Saltmarsh (eds)

Paintings made in the 19th century are an extremely diverse group, and have frequently been found to present particular challenges to the conservator. These papers (which were presented at the British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers’ conference A Changing Art: Nineteenth-Century Painting Practice and Conservation) explore the reasons for the complexity and the changes that took places in the materiality of painting in the period. Both nineteenth-century conservation concerns and... more...

UK Price: £39.50     US Price: $80.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 246 x 175 mm     ISBN: 9781909492547     Publication Date: 16/08/2017    
Diversity of Dyes in History and Archaeology, The

Diversity of Dyes in History and Archaeology, The
Jo Kirby Atkinson (ed.)

Historical and archaeological research has revealed the importance of colour for our forefathers in every aspect of life. Much of this colour was provided by dyes, initially from naturally occurring sources, later produced by chemical means to give colours of a brilliance hitherto unimagined. The papers published in this collection (supported by a generous donation from Abegg-Stiftung), all presented at Dyes in History and Archaeology meetings, demonstrate how dyes were used through the centu... more...

UK Price: £55.00     US Price: $95.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 245 x 174 mm     ISBN: 9781909492530     Publication Date: 14/08/2017    
Studying the European Visual Arts 1800-1850: Paintings, Sculpture, Interiors and Art on Paper

Studying the European Visual Arts 1800-1850: Paintings, Sculpture, Interiors and Art on Paper
Joyce H. Townsend, Abbie Vandivere (eds)

The papers in this volume were presented at the CATS two-day technical art history conference which had as its theme Technology & Practice: Studying the European Visual Arts 1800–1850. Paintings, Sculpture, Interiors and Art on Paper. The meeting explored tradition and changes in artistic practices seen in the light of the establishment of several national art academies in Europe throughout the 18th century. The lavishly illustrated contributions focus on the making of artworks during the fi... more...

UK Price: £45.00     US Price: $95.00     Binding: Paperback     ISBN: 9781909492523     Publication Date: 15/05/2017    
Early Indian Metallurgy: The Production of Lead, Silver and Zinc through Three Millennia in North West India

Early Indian Metallurgy: The Production of Lead, Silver and Zinc through Three Millennia in North West India
P. T. Craddock, with K.T.M. Hegde, L.K. Gurjar and L. Willies

Most studies of ancient technology have hitherto been based on the civilisations of the Mediterranean and Middle East, especially those of Egypt, Greece and Rome. In this volume the extraordinarily well preserved remains at three major mining and metal production sites in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan (Agucha, Dariba and Zawar) were revealed. At these sites, by survey and archaeological excavation, the authors, studied the long-term development of mining and smelting activity over 3000 years. ... more...

UK Price: £55.00     US Price: $120.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm     ISBN: 9781909492516     Publication Date: 27/03/2017    
Compositiones variae - a late 8th century artists' technical treatise

Compositiones variae - a late 8th century artists' technical treatise
Thea Burns

The 'Compositiones variae' is the earliest extant medieval collection of artisanal recipes. Translated into Latin from a Hellenistic source and copied at Lucca, it is said to preserve technical knowledge surviving in Tuscany around 800 CE and to have offered practical assistance to the Lucca scriptorium. The recipes are today bound together with numerous early medieval historical and liturgical texts in a massive compendium, Lucca, Biblioteca Capitolare ‘Feliniana’, Cod. 490. The scripts an... more...

UK Price: £35.00     US Price: $75.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 246 x 175mm     ISBN: 9781909492486     Publication Date: 09/03/2017    
Conservation of featherwork from Central and South America

Conservation of featherwork from Central and South America
Ellen Pearlstein

Feathers have played major functional and emblematic roles in many cultures. It is important for conservators and curators to realize that featherwork requires a deep understanding of the birds selected, the technical approaches taken toward the manipulation of feathers, and how the condition relates to the meaning of the work. Accurate and comprehensive recording is essential and this volume presents a feather identification and condition template for recording feather features and conditions t... more...

UK Price: £29.50     US Price: $65.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 246 x 175mm     ISBN: 9781909492394     Publication Date: 09/03/2017    
Northern European Metalpoint Drawings: Technical Examination and Analysis

Northern European Metalpoint Drawings: Technical Examination and Analysis
Joanna Russell, Judith Rayner, Jenny Bescoby (eds)

This volume presents the results of a comprehensive non-invasive technical examination of 30 northern European metalpoint drawings in the collection of the British Museum, most of which were included in the exhibition Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns, shown at the British Museum, London and the National Gallery of Art, Washington in 2015. Metalpoint is a drawing technique closely associated with the linear aesthetic of the 15th century, but its unique qualities were still... more...

UK Price: £29.50     US Price: $70.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 297 x 210mm     ISBN: 9781909492424     Publication Date: 16/01/2017    
Dyes from Nature

Dyes from Nature
Riikka Räisänen, Anja Primetta, Kirsi Niinimäki

Plants, algae, fungi and insects have been used as dye sources for centuries. Focusing on the sources of dyes that grow wild, or are suitable for cultivation, in Northern Europe, this book explores the versatility, practical uses and environmentally safe applications of natural dyes, while at the same time delving into their botany, chemistry and methods of dyeing. The reader is presented with details of dyes from different sources and information on dyeing practice accompanied by a wealth of ... more...

UK Price: £55.00     US Price: $110.00     Binding: Hardback     Dimensions: 200mm x 260mm     ISBN: 9781909492462     Publication Date: 07/11/2016    
Painting in Tempera, c. 1900

Painting in Tempera, c. 1900
Karoline Beltinger, Jilleen Nadolny (eds)

This co- publication of Archetype Publications Ltd with Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft (SIK-ISEA) is a collection of essays by an international group of scholars which provides access to an important chapter of technical art history: the rise in the popularity of temperas as an alternative to oil paints in Europe in the 19th and early 20th century. The term 'tempera' designated media that were generally water-soluble and which could include components as wide ranging as egg, gum... more...

UK Price: £62.50     US Price: $95.00     Binding: Hardback     Dimensions: 297 x 210     ISBN: 9781909492448     Publication Date: 19/09/2016    
Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin number 6, 2016

Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin number 6, 2016
Lucy Wrapson (ed.)

This volume is the sixth in this biennial series which presents the recent research into the conservation, structure, materials, history etc. of paintings by past and present staff and students (including early career interns) of the Hamilton Kerr Institute. For a look inside click here.... more...

UK Price: £35.00     US Price: $75.00     Binding: Paperback     ISBN: 9781909492455     Publication Date: 15/09/2016    
Colour Change in Paintings

Colour Change in Paintings
Rhiannon Clarricoates, Helen Dowding, Alexandra Gent (eds)

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... more...

UK Price: £32.50     US Price: $75.00     Binding: Paperback     Dimensions: 246 x 175 mm     ISBN: 9781909492431     Publication Date: 20/06/2016    
Authenticity in Transition: Changing Practices in Contemporary Art Making and Conservation

Authenticity in Transition: Changing Practices in Contemporary Art Making and Conservation
Erma Hermens, Frances Robertson (eds)

This volume contains papers from the NeCCAR 2014 conference “Authenticity in Transition”. The papers debate the various ways that changing artistic practices affect our interpretation, conservation, and curation of contemporary art, with a special reference to the shifting concepts of authenticity and artistic intent. The papers examine the topic through many mediums including artists’ viewpoints, the ephemeral nature of materials, historical perspective. The volume especially focuses on t... more...

UK Price: £37.50     US Price: $90.00     Binding: Paperback     ISBN: 9781909492363     Publication Date: 11/04/2016    
Wooden Supports in 12th–16th-Century European Paintings

Wooden Supports in 12th–16th-Century European Paintings
Jørgen Wadum, Christina Currie, Noëlle Streeton, Jean-Albert Glatigny and Nicole Goetghebeur (eds)

This freely available ONLINE publication is a new English language translation with commentary of Jacqueline Marette’s Connaissance des Primitifs par l'étude du bois du XIIe au XVIe siècle (originally published in French in 1961) translated by Ted Alkins and Paul van Calster. It is part of the Getty Panel Paintings Initiative and was made possible with a grant from the Getty Foundation. The link to this publication is ... more...

ISBN: 9781909492301     Publication Date: 29/01/2016