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Publication on theory of restoration

From: Giancarlo Buzzanca <web.icr<-a>
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Brandi's Theory of Restoration is now available in English
translation. The publication is edited by Giuseppe Basile, Head of
the Art&History department of the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro.

The book contain the Theory and also some other articles:

    Presentations  from
        Giuliano Urbani, former culture ministry
        Nicholas Stanley Price,   Director-General of ICCROM
        Caterina Bon Valsassina, Director of ICR

    Giuseppe Basile.  A few words about a Maestro: Cesare Brandi

    Paul Philippot. The phenomenology of artistic creation according
    to Cesare Brandi

    Cesare Brandi, Theory of restoration

Supplementary readings:

    Giulio Carlo Argan. The creation of the Istituto Centrale del
    Restauro (an article published in 1938)

    Cesare Brandi. Cultural education in the school of restoration
    (an article published in 1940)

The news is also available at <URL:>

   "The year 2005 sees a major publishing event: the first full
    translation into English of Cesare Brandi's seminal work Theory
    of Restoration. Thanks to the initiative of the Istituto
    Centrale per il Restauro in Rome, an English translation has
    finally been published. It is entirely appropriate that the
    Istituto has taken this initiative, having been founded (in
    1939) and directed by Cesare Brandi. English-speakers can now
    appreciate fully what contemporary conservation-restoration
    theory owes to Brandi. In his Theory of Restoration we find
    discussed so many of those concepts that still exert their
    fascination in conservation debates today: the principle of
    reversibility of a treatment, the integration of lacunae, the
    respect for the effects of time on an object, the idea of
    patina, the concept of falsification, and the scope for
    reconstruction of incomplete works of art. The book can be
    purchased from the ICCROM bookshop."

To purchase the book see also <URL:> or
send an e-mail to info<-a t->nardinieditore< . >it.

The complete list of the ICR's publications is available at

Giancarlo Buzzanca
Istituto Centrale per il Restauro
Piazza S. Francesco di Paola 9
00184 Roma

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Received on Wednesday, 1 June, 2005

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