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Personal Viewpoints: Thoughts About Paintings Conservation: A Seminar Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, June 21-22, 2001

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Bringing innovative scientific techniques to an aesthetic endeavor, paintings conservators face countless decisions as they implement a course of treatment for each picture in their care.

The papers in this book, originally presented at a recent seminar organized by the Getty Museum, explore the values, assumptions, and goals that shape the work of paintings conservators. Six conservators, three curators, and a conservation scientist candidly reflect on the challenges in ...

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Overview


Bringing innovative scientific techniques to an aesthetic endeavor, paintings conservators face countless decisions as they implement a course of treatment for each picture in their care.

The papers in this book, originally presented at a recent seminar organized by the Getty Museum, explore the values, assumptions, and goals that shape the work of paintings conservators. Six conservators, three curators, and a conservation scientist candidly reflect on the challenges in approaching specific works of art. Each conservator describes a successful conservation effort, as well as a project that, in retrospect, might have been approached differently. Their insights, the responses of the curators and conservation scientist, and the panel discussions contribute to a thoughtful analysis of the ever-evolving art and science of paintings conservation.

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Early Italian Paintings contains the papers presented during a symposium at Yale in April 2002, attended by specialists from museums, colleges, universities, and private conservation firms in a number of different states and countries. The papers cover panel paintings of the 1200s through the 1500s in various institutions. Among the questions addressed are what to do with additions to paintings by later artists and whether lost or damaged areas should be restored-and, if so, to what extent. There are some case histories of recent attempts at restoration. A good deal of space is devoted to the heavy-handed cleaning (dubbed a "tragedy") of a collection at Yale several decades ago. Yale's was the first museum in this country to own a major collection of early Italian paintings, and over the years it has been subjected to dubious conservation practices. Personal Viewpoints contains the proceedings of a seminar held at the Getty Conservation Institute in June 2001 and covers paintings from the 1300s to the 1970s (e.g., Mark Rothko). The participants (conservators, curators, and a chemist) discuss changes in the philosophy, techniques, and materials of conservation. They agree that the change over the last few decades is immense and that the notion of "minimal intervention" is now firmly established: "to do nothing at all might be the best treatment for a painting." Their disagreements on such matters as whether to remove later additions to a painting are especially interesting, as are the six conservators' discussions of paintings they worked on years ago, as they tell what they might do differently today. Though perhaps not appropriate for general libraries, both books provide informative reading for those interested in art conservation and are suitable for special collections.-Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction viii
Session 1
The Conservator as Narrator: Changed Perspectives in the Conservation of Paintings 1
Croce e Delizia 13
Comments 26
Comments 30
Panel Discussion 31
Session 2
The Artist's Voice 41
Ravished Images Restored 59
Comments 73
Panel Discussion 79
Session 3
Embracing Humility in the Shadow of the Artist 83
Episodes from a Pilgrimage 95
Comments 104
Panel Discussion 110
Closing Remarks 116
About the Authors 120
Index 123
Photograph Credits 126
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