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Art technological source research

Documentary sources on European painting to the twentieth century, with Appendices I–VII

Authored by: Jilleen Nadolny , Mark Clarke , Erma Hermens , Ann Massing , Leslie Carlyle

Conservation of Easel Paintings

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367023799
eBook ISBN: 9780429399916
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To successfully care for cultural heritage, conservators must have an extensive understanding of the complex material and historical nature of objects. Professionals working in conservation and its related fields have increasingly favoured a multidisciplinary approach as the most effective manner in which to study paintings. Direct study of the objects, combined with scientific analysis and scholarship of contemporary texts of many different types, can provide both technical information and a unique insight into painters’ materials and methods. This chapter will review the latter type of material: the available types of historical documentary sources concerning the physicality of paintings.

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