All Manner of Murals
The History, Techniques and Conservation of Secular Wall Paintings
Editors Robert GowingRobyn Pender
Terrifying beasts, imaginary landscapes, portraits and ornaments - All Manner of Murals celebrates the many ways we have decorated our day-to-day lives with wall paintings. Murals by their very nature must remain in and on the structures for which they were designed, inextricably at one with their surroundings, and so offer glimpses of vanished ways of living. Whether painted in a humble cottage or a grand palace, they illustrate the march not only of history, but of our view of ourselves.
At once strange and strangely familiar, the ancient wall painting emerging from under layers of whitewash has much to tell us about how our predecessors saw the world around them. The tradition of wall painting, arguably the oldest of art forms, continues to this day, and our descendants may find our own values and views reflected in the murals, private and public, that we leave behind.
The 20 papers collected in this volume (from 3 symposia* hosted by the Stone and Wall Painting Group of the Institute of Conservation [ICON]) explore over 500 years of secular wall paintings, right up to contemporary work, looking at why and how they were painted, and the best ways of caring for them to ensure that future generations can also find in 'all manner of murals' a source of wonder and of kinship to their past.
*The 3 UKIC symposia were entitled:
Illusions of Grandeur: English Baroque wall paintings
Followers of Fashion: Renaissance wall paintings in Britain
Modern Traditions: 19th- and 20th-century secular wall paintings
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Dimensions 217 x 303mm
Illustrations 160 colour
Published March 2007