History of the Restoration and Conservation of Works of Art

History of the Restoration and Conservation of Works of Art

by Alessandro Conti, Helen Glanville
     
 

ISBN-10: 0750669535

ISBN-13: 9780750669535

Pub. Date: 05/22/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

At times controversial and uncompromising, always intellectually honest, Alessandro Conti’s book is - astonishingly – the only attempt to comprehensively chart in time, the changing impact of man’s desire to preserve for future generations the materials, meaning and appearances of works of art. Remarkable in its meticulous research of source

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At times controversial and uncompromising, always intellectually honest, Alessandro Conti’s book is - astonishingly – the only attempt to comprehensively chart in time, the changing impact of man’s desire to preserve for future generations the materials, meaning and appearances of works of art. Remarkable in its meticulous research of source material and breadth of scope, History of the Restoration and Conservation of Works of Arts, translated by Helen Glanville, charts the practices and underlying philosophies of conservation and ‘restored’ works of art from the Middle Ages to the end of the nineteenth century.

In English-speaking countries, a lack of foreign language skills leaves many unable to consult a wealth of both published and unpublished historical documentation. Developments in conservation have therefore tended toward the scientific and analytical. Access to such documentation leads to better understanding of the present appearance of works of art and of their changing aspect and perception over time. Recent publications indicate that there is a great need for people writing on the subject to be aware of material which is not in their mother tongue: approaches presented as ‘new’ are in fact merely ‘contemporary’, and have been discussed or practiced in other centuries and countries.

Just as knowledge of practices and effects of art conservation and restoration should form an integral part of History of Art Degrees, the more theoretic, abstract and historical aspects, should also be part of the training. This book is an invaluable source for academic and public institutions, art historians as well as practicing conservators and lovers of art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750669535
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents


Preface   Professor Paul Hills     vii
Introductory essay: "Relativity and restoration"   Helen Glanville     ix
Notes from the translator     xxvi
Acknowledgements     xxviii
Towards restoration     1
Some notes on its ancient origins
Gothic polyptychs, and frames "in the Antique style"
Adaptations and renovations at the turn of the sixteenth century
The restoration of frescos
Conservation of works of art in the sixteenth century     31
The restoration of ancient statues
Giorgio Vasari: works of art and the passage of time
Events involving works of art in the sixteenth century
Catholic reform and the Counter-Reformation
Some local traditions in Italy     65
Bologna and Carlo Cesare Malvasia, Naples and Bernardo De Dominici
Florence and Rome
Venice
Gallery pictures     99
Reductions in size and enlargements
"Time the Painter"
The restoration of Antique sculpture
Pictorial restorations: Carlo Maratta
Controversies over Carlo Maratta
Eighteenth-century restorations in Italy and France     138
The origins of the transfer of frescos
The earliest transfers from panel
Polemics surrounding Robert Picault
The "tableaux du roy"
Experiments in the physics and chemistry of painting
A century of varnish
Venice and Pietro Edwards     181
The "public paintings"
The direction of Pietro Edwards
The laboratory at Santi Giovanni ePaolo
Considerations on the restoration of paintings
Restorations after 1786
From the eighteenth to the nineteenth century     221
The legacy of the eighteenth century
Antique statues and panel paintings by the Early Masters
Revolutionary vandalism
Restorations in the Musee Central des Arts
Napoleonic requisitioning
The world of the "estrattisti"
Restoration: from the Academies to Romanticism     269
Restoration and the Papacy
Romantic restoration
Restorations in Tuscany: from academy to purism
Aesthetic restoration: Molteni and Secco-Suardo
Ulisse Forni, Gaetano Bianchi and restoration in Florence
Restoration in Italy after the Unification     323
Frescos and polychromy
Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle and restoration as conservation
Guglielmo Botti and Cavalcaselle's restorers
Science and restoration: experiments with the Pettenkofer method
Mosaics and polychromy in monuments of the Middle Ages
The years of Adolfo Venturi and Luigi Cantalamessa
Luigi Cavenaghi
Final essay: "A serene vision of the relationship between material and image"   Massimo Ferretti     382
Bibliography     392
Index of names     399
Index of place names and works     409
Glossary of technical terms     418
Terminology used to describe the materials and techniques of paintings
Wall paintings (frescos)
Easel paintings
Paint
Pigments
Medium or binder
Perception and optical effects
Deterioration, conservation and restoration terminology Deterioration and ageing
Structural conservation: wall and easel paintings
Transfer
Retouching
Retouching materials
Restoration

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