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Subject: New publication: Descriptive Terminology for Works of Art on Paper

New publication: Descriptive Terminology for Works of Art on Paper

From: Nancy Ash <nash<-a>
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
We would like to announce that, just in time for the holidays, we
have published Descriptive Terminology for Works of Art on Paper:
Guidelines for the Accurate and Consistent Description of the
Materials and Techniques of Drawings, Prints, and Collages.  The
e-publication, which is substantially revised and expanded from the
draft posted in June 2014, contains practical guidelines for writing
and recording descriptions of works of art on paper, and is
abundantly illustrated with works from the collections of the
Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA).  The project was carried out by
paper conservators at the PMA and was supported by a 21st Century
Museum Professionals grant from the Institute of Museum and Library

The publication is available for free at


It is designed to be used either as an interactive PDF, stored
locally on your computer or another digital device, or printed out
for use as a desk reference.  For digital use, the table of contents
and text include internal hyperlinks that can be used to navigate to
relevant sections within the document.  The image detail
illustrations link to thumbnail images of the complete works of art
which in turn link to larger images on the PMA website.  Note that
navigating back to the previous page of the PDF requires adding the
Previous Page tool to the Navigation Toolbar in Adobe Acrobat Pro,
or using alt + left arrow in Adobe Reader.  The PDF is also designed
to be printed double-sided and spiral bound or used in a three-ring
binder.  We strongly recommend 80 pounf white paper designed for
digital printing and choosing photo-quality printing for optimum
image clarity.

We welcome your questions or comments at
mediaterminology<-a t->philamuseum< . >org

    Nancy Ash
    The Charles K. Williams, II, Senior Conservator of Works of
    Art on Paper

    Scott Homolka
    Associate Conservator of Works of Art on Paper

    Stephanie Lussier
    Project Conservator

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    PO Box 7646
    Philadelphia PA 19101

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:29
                 Distributed: Monday, December 15, 2014
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Received on Friday, 12 December, 2014

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