The Conservation of Easel Paintings

The Conservation of Easel Paintings

Hardback Routledge Series in Conservation and Museology

Edited by Joyce Hill Stoner, Edited by Rebecca Rushfield


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  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 928 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 252mm x 42mm | 2,141g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0750681993
  • ISBN 13: 9780750681995
  • Illustrations note: 30 black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 327,518

Product description

Conservation of Easel Paintings is the first comprehensive text on the history, philosophy, and methods of treatment of easel paintings that combines both theory with practice. With contributions from an international group of experts and interviews with important artists, this volume provides an all-encompassing guide to necessary background knowledge in technical art history, artists' materials, scientific methods of examination and documentation, with sections that present varying approaches and methods for treatment, including consolidation, lining, cleaning, retouching, and varnishing. The book concludes with a section featuring issues of preventive conservation, storage, shipping, exhibition, lighting, safety issues, and public outreach. Conservation of Easel Paintings is a crucial resource in the training of conservation students and will provide generations of practicing paintings conservators and interested art historians, curators, directors, collectors, dealers, artists, and students of art and art history with invaluable information and guidance.

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Author information

Joyce Hill Stoner is the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Material Culture at the University of Delaware. She has taught painting conservation for the Winterthur-UD graduate program since 1976 and also heads the doctoral program in Preservation Studies. She has written more than 80 publications and has won awards for scholarship and teaching from the AIC, CAA, and Heritage Preservation. Rebecca Anne Rushfield, a graduate of the NYU Conservation Center, is a New-York-City-based conservation consultant with a particular interest in the history and literature of the field. She is active in the work of the American Institute for Conservation and the ICOM Committee for Conservation and was a recipient of the Rutherford J. Gettens Award for outstanding service to the AIC.

Table of contents

Foreword Preface Part 1: Technical art history, examination, documentation, and scientific analysis Part 2: Methods and approaches for the treatment and care of easel paintings Part 3: Preventive conservation, health and safety, outreach, and professional organizations Glossary