Conservation of Easel Paintings by Joyce Hill Stoner, Rebecca Rushfield

By Joyce Hill Stoner, Rebecca Rushfield

Conservation of Easel Paintings is the 1st accomplished textual content at the historical past, philosophy, and techniques of remedy of easel work that mixes either concept with perform.

With contributions from a global staff of specialists and interviews with very important artists, this quantity presents an all-encompassing consultant to priceless heritage wisdom in technical paintings background, artists' fabrics, clinical equipment of exam and documentation, with sections that current various ways and strategies for remedy, together with consolidation, lining, cleansing, retouching, and varnishing. The booklet concludes with a bit that includes problems with preventive conservation, garage, transport, exhibition, lighting fixtures, questions of safety, and public outreach.

Conservation of Easel Paintings is an important source within the education of conservation scholars and should supply generations of working towards work conservators and paintings historians, curators, administrators, creditors, buyers, artists, and scholars of artwork and paintings heritage with useful details and guidance.

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Unfortunately, this useful tradition is now often overlooked. In order to understand and interpret manuscripts, scholars must consider all available forms of comparative material, including texts from the same period (where, with luck, one may find other examples of a term in use and, with great luck, even a definition), not excluding current scientific data and reconstructions. Since borrowing and copying from older sources was commonplace, recipes may not necessarily be contemporary with the handwriting or, later on, with the printed book.

When inevitable choices were necessary due to space limitations, we tried to capture existing expertise from our specialist authors while referencing the literature to cover supplementary information. Rather than creating a uniform syntax, we have attempted to retain some of the characteristic voices of our multiple contributors, edited to the UK Elsevier house style. I am thankful especially to Joyce Townsend for her overall advice and guidance, to Richard Wolbers and Tom Learner for their extra-curricular advice and editing, and to my calm and patient co-editor Rebecca Rushfield, most notably for her thoughtful and uncomplaining work with the monumental Bibliography found at the back of the book.

Alexander Katlan, a painting conservator, has written six art reference books on the exhibitions and the palette collection of the Salmagundi Club or on artists’ painting materials including: American Artist’s Materials Suppliers Directory: Nineteenth Century (1987) and American Artist’s Materials: A Guide to Stretchers, Panels, Millboards and Stencil Marks (1992). Peter Klein, wood scientist, from the University of Hamburg, Germany, works in the fields of wood identification and dendrochronology for art objects.

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