September 1998 Volume 21 Number 1
Proceedings of a Symposium at the J. Paul Getty Museum, April 1995
Edited by Kathleen Dardes and Andrea Rothe. 588 pages, 8 5/16 x 11 11/16 inches. 103 color and 353 b/w illustrations, 121 line drawings. ISBN 0-89236-384-3. $85. paper. Published by the Getty Conservation Institute.
The symposium which produced this book grew out of the concern that little had been done in recent years to document the evolution of theory and practice in this field. The first conference of its kind in twenty years, it assembled an international group of conservators of painted panels and gave them an opportunity to discuss their philosophies and share their work methods. Illustrated in color throughout, the book presents thirty-one papers grouped into four topic areas: Wood Science and Technology; History of Panel-Manufacturing Techniques; History of the Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings; and Current Approaches to the Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings.
Providing a wealth of information from a wide range of specialists, The Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings contributes to a broader and deeper understanding of the past, present, and future of panel painting conservation. No other work currently exists of comparable scope.
Contributors include David Bomford, senior restorer of paintings, The National Gallery, London; R. Bruce Hoadley, professor of wood science and technology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Ian McClure, director, Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom; Jorgen Wadum, chief conservator, Mauritshuis, The Hague, The Netherlands; and Ciro Castelli, restorer, Opficio delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro, Florence, Italy.
Robert Barclay, Andre Bergeron, and Carole Dignard, with illustrations by Carl Schlichting. Canadian Conservation Institute. $42.
Topics include: reasons for creating mounts; recommended materials, their chemical composition and working properties; tips on choice of materials; and methods for measuring objects. Many illustrations with photographs and detailed line drawings. With bibliography.