Historical and Philosophical Issues in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage / Edition 1

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Overview


This is the first comprehensive collection of texts on the conservation of art and architecture to be published in the English language. Designed for students of art history as well as conservation, the book consists of forty-five texts, some never before translated into English and many originally published only in obscure or foreign journals. The thirty major art historians and scholars represented raise questions such as when to restore, what to preserve, and how to maintain aesthetic character. Readings come from the work of such writers as Ruskin, Berenson, Clive Bell, Cesare Brandi, Kenneth Clark, Erwin Panofsky, E.H. Gombrich, Marie Cl. Berducou, and Paul Philippot. The fully illustrated book also contains references, a glossary of terms, and an index.
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Before compiling these 46 diverse articles, the Getty Conservation team considered more than 300 documents. The result is a scholarly collection that attempts to show the relationship of art history to art conservation. The readings, many of which might not be readily found in common sources, are invaluable not only to studentsthe group targeted by the editorsbut also to art historians, archaeologists, and conservators already engaged in the trade. The opening essays on art appreciationwritten by notables such as Clive Bell and Kenneth Clarkhave been included to show the relationship between connoisseurship and the need to preserve the past. Subsequent readings discuss past restoration practices and analyze procedures used today, and the texts can be difficult. Still, this is essential for art and academic libraries.Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892363988
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Readings in Conservation Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 512,774
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Note to the Reader
Pt. I The Eye's Caress: Looking, Appreciation, and Connoisseurship 1
1 The Lamp of Memory, I 42
2 Aesthetics and History in the Visual Arts 44
3 Art 47
4 Looking at Pictures 56
5 The History of Art as a Humanistic Discipline 60
6 The Modern Cult of Monuments: Its Essence and Its Development 69
7 Principles of Art History 84
8 Italian Painters of the Renaissance 100
9 Conversations with Berenson 106
10 Fundamental Laws of Sculpture 108
11 From Light into Paint 110
12 Of Turnerian Mystery: Secondly, Willful 129
13 Rudiments of Connoisseurship 131
14 On Art and Connoisseurship 139
15 Connoisseurship 154
16 The Nature of Gothic 158
Pt. II The Original Intent of the Artist 161
17 Art in Transition 176
18 Crimes against the Cubists 185
19 The Autonomy of Restoration: Ethical Considerations in Relation to Artistic Concepts 193
Pt. III The Emergence of Modern Conservation Theory 201
20 That Mighty Sculptor, Time 212
21 Restoration from the Perspective of the Humanities 216
22 Theory of Restoration, I 230
23 The Integration of the Image: Problems in the Restoration of Monuments 236
24 Knowing How to "Question" the Object before Restoring It 244
25 Introduction to Archaeological Conservation 248
Pt. IV Historical Perspective 261
26 Historic Preservation: Philosophy, Criteria, Guidelines, I 268
27 Degradation, Conservation, and Restoration of Works of Art: Historical Overview 275
28 Further Materials for a History of Conservation 281
29 The Surgery of Memory: Ancient Sculpture and Historical Restorations 288
Pt. V Restoration and Anti-Restoration 307
30 Restoration 314
31 Manifesto of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings 319
32 The Lamp of Memory, II 322
Pt. VI Reintegration of Losses 325
33 On Restorations 332
34 The Problem of the Integration of Lacunae in the Restoration of Paintings 335
35 Theory of Restoration, II 339
36 Problems of Presentation 343
37 Theory of Restoration and Methodological Unity 355
38 Historic Preservation: Philosophy Criteria, Guidelines, II 358
Pt. VII The Idea of Patina 365
39 The Idea of Patina and the Cleaning of Paintings 372
40 Theory of Restoration, III 377
41 The Cleaning of Pictures in Relation to Patina, Varnish, and Glazes 380
42 A Review of the History and Practice of Patination 394
43 The Surface of Objects and Museum Style 415
Pt. VIII The Role of Science and Technology 423
44 Scientific Research and the Restoration of Paintings 432
45 The Scientist's Role in Historic Preservation with Particular Reference to Stone Conservation 439
46 The Science and Art of Conservation of Cultural Property 445
Annotated Bibliography 451
About the Authors 472
Illustration Credits 483
Index 486
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