19 December 2009

Original Treatises (1849)

Title: Original Treatises, Dating from the XIIth to XVIIIth Centuries on the Arts of Painting
Author: Mary Philadelphia Merrifield
Publisher: J. Murray
Year: 1849
Pages: 643 + 612
Formats available: txt, DjVu, html, xml and pdf
Link: http://www.archive.org/... (vol. 1)
http://www.archive.org/... (vol. 2)

: http://www.archive.org/...
(vol. 1)
(vol. 2)

Table of contents:

Volume I
Chapter I. On the state of society and of the Arts during the Middle Ages
Chapter II. Miniature Painting
Chapter III. Mosaics
Chapter IV. Glass
Chapter V. On Gilding and other Arts
Chapter VI. Painting in Oil
Manuscripts of Jehan Le Begue
Manuscripts of S. Audemar
Manuscripts of Eraclius
Manuscripts op Archerius

Volume II
Bolognese Manuscript
Segreti per colori
Marciana Manuscript
Paduan Manuscript
Volpano Manuscript
Brussels Manuscript
Extracts from an Original Manuscript
Extracts from a Dissertation

Painting Materials (1942)

Title: Painting Materials - A short Encyclopaedia
Author: Rutherford J. Gettens and George L. Stout
Publisher: D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc
Year: 1942 (1947 reprint)
Pages: 349
Formats available: txt, DjVu, html and xml
Link: http://www.archive.org/...
Download: http://archive.org/...

Table of contents:

Mediums, Adhesives, and Film Substances
Pigments and Inert Materials
Solvents, Diluents, and Detergents
Tools and Equipment

e-conservation magazine 12 (2009)

Title: e-conservation magazine
Issue: 12
Year: December 2009
Pages: 86
ISSN: 1646-9283
Link: http://www.e-conservationline.com/... (PDF, web version: 5.3 Mb; print version: 7.7 Mb)

Table of contents:

Let’s Pin the ‘Long Tail’ on the Conservation Donkey, Daniel Cull
I Symposium on Conservation-Restoration of Golden Woodcarving and Sculpture, review by Rui Bordalo
COST Training School: Wood Science for Conservation of Cultural Heritage (WoodCultHer), review by Oana Chachula
The 3rd Conservation-Restoration Workshop, review by Anca Dina
Conservation in Action: Welcome to the “CSI Lab”, Virginie Ternisien
Examination of Some Inorganic Pigments and Plaster Layers from Excavations at Saqqara area, Egypt, Optical Microscopy and SEM-EDS Microanalysis, Hussein Hassan M.H. Mahmoud
Les dilemmes philosophiques de la conservation-restauration, Pierre Leveau
Detached Mural Paintings in Portugal. The Conservation-Restoration of the Fragments from the Alberto Sampaio Museum in Guimarães, Maria Alice de Sousa Cotovio
Mudejar Ceilings. Study, Conservation and Restoration, Carlos José Abreu da Silva Costa

Journal of Conservation-Restoration Education 2 (2008)

Title: Journal of Conservation-Restoration Education (JCRE)
Publisher: ENCoRE - European Network for Conservation-Restoration Education
Issue: 2
Year: 2008
Pages: 27
ISSN: 1904-0946
Link: http://www.encore-edu.org/... (PDF, 542 Kb)

Table of contents:

Developing an accountable system of Conservation-Restoration Education at Oslo University through the use of learning outcomes, Jeremy Hutchings
Writing the Professional Competences/EQF, Susan Corr
The Bologna Process 2020 - The European Higher Education Area in the new decade, René Larsen
European Network on Research Programme Applied to the Protection of Tangible Cultural Heritage (NET-HERITAGE), René Larsen

Journal of Conservation-Restoration Education 1 (2008)

Title: Journal of Conservation-Restoration Education (JCRE)
Publisher: ENCoRE - European Network for Conservation-Restoration Education
Issue: 1
Year: 2008
Pages: 20
Link: http://www.encore-edu.org/... (PDF, 542 Kb)

Table of contents:

Conservation-Restoration Education in the light of the European Qualification Framework for Life Long Learning, René Larsen
Training & Education in Paper Conservation: An International Team, John Krill and A. Jean E. Brown
Responding to EQF in conservation-restoration education: From learning inputs to learning outcomes, Martina Caruana

18 December 2009

It's a material world (2008)

Title: It's a material world. Caring for the public realm
Authors: Samuel Jones and John Holden
Publisher: Demos
ISBN: 978-1-906693-077
Year: 2008
Link: http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/materialworld (PDF, 7.2MB)

The choice of what things to conserve and how to conserve them simultaneously reflects and creates social value. This pamphlet demonstrates the social value of caring for the material world, and highlights the importance of conservation as being integral not only to the culture and heritage sector but also to social well-being.

Table of contents:

1. Caring for the material world
2. Conservation and its values
3. The UK conservation sector
4. Conservation under threat
5. The current contribution of conservation
6. A crisis for conservation education?
7. Conservation and the wider world
8. Projecting a spectrum of conservation
9. Building capital from interest
10. Conclusions and recommendations
1. Methodology
2. Organisations consulted

Conservation of Artifacts Made from Plant Materials (1990)

Title: The Conservation of Artifacts Made from Plant Materials
Authors: Mary-Lou E. Florian, Dale Paul Kronkright and Ruth E. Norton
Publisher: The Getty Conservation Institute
Pages: 352
Year: 1990
Link: http://www.getty.edu/... (PDF, 7.2MB)

Table of Contents (short version):

Chapter 1. Plant Anatomy: An Illustrated Aid to Identification
Chapter 2. Identification of Plant and Animal Materials in Artifacts
Chapter 3. Technology of Plant Materials Used in Artifacts
Chapter 4. Deterioration of Artifacts Made From Plant Materials
Chapter 5. Conservation of Artifacts Made from Plant Materials

1. Mending Structures with Twisted and Folded Mulberry Paper Strands
2. Construction of Storage Boxes and Folders
3. Characteristics of Adhesives
4. Dyeing Cellulosic Materials With Fiber-Reactive Dyes

Thin-Layer Chromatography for Binding Media Analysis (1996)

Title: Thin-Layer Chromatography for Binding Media Analysis
Authors: Mary F. Striegel and Jo Hill
Publisher: The Getty Conservation Institute
Link: http://www.getty.edu/... (PDF, 3.9MB)

Table of Contents (short version):

Part One: Handbook
Chapter 1. An Overview of Thin- Layer Chromatography
Chapter 2. Technique of Thin-Layer Chromatography
Chapter 3. Methodology for Thin- Layer Chromatography
Chapter 4. Analysis of Proteins by Thin-Layer Chromatography
Chapter 5. Analysis of Carbohydrates by Thin-Layer Chromatography
Chapter 6. Analysis of Waxes by Thin- Layer Chromatography
Chapter 7. Analysis of Resins by Thin-Layer Chromatography
Chapter 8. Visualization, Interpretation, Documentation, and Computer Analysis of Chromatographic Plates
Chapter 9. Scientific Examination of Works of Art

Part Two: Protocols
Protocol A. Identification of Proteins by Thin-Layer Chromatography
Protocol B. Identification of Carbohydrates by Thin-Layer Chromatography
Protocol C. Identification of Waxes by Thin-Layer Chromatography
Protocol D. Identification of Resins by Thin-Layer Chromatography
Protocol E. Written Documentation of the TLC Plate
Protocol F. Photodocumentation of the TLC Plate Using Visible Light
Protocol G. Photodocumentation of the TLC Plate Using Ultraviolet Light
Protocol H. Sample Application for Thin-Layer Chromatography
Protocol I. Evaluation of a TLC Plate
Protocol J. Acid Hydrolysis in a Pierce Vial Reaction Chamber
Protocol K. Vapor Phase Acid Hydrolysis in a Pierce Vial Reaction Chamber
Protocol L. Semiquantitative Computer Analysis of a TLC Plate

13 December 2009

JPEG 2000 as a Preservation Format (2009)

Title: JPEG 2000 as a Preservation and Access Format for the Wellcome Trust Digital Library
Authors: Rob Buckley and Simon Tanner
Publisher: King’s Digital Consultancy Service
Year: 2009

Pages: 17
Download: http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/... [PDF, 653 Kb]

02 December 2009

The Bookworm

I know this is not one of my typical posts but I had to share this. It is a painting I discovered the other day in Wikipedia
. It is called The Bookworm and it was painted by Carl Spitzweg.
Simply delicious!

25 November 2009

Incredible Industry, Preserving the Evidence of Industrial Society (2009)

Title: "Incredible Industry, Preserving the Evidence of Industrial Society"
Publisher: Nordic Association of Conservators (NKF)
Conference: Nordic Association of Conservators 18’ Conference, Copenhagen 25-27 May 2009
Year: 2009
Pages: 246
Link: http://www.nkf-dk.dk/... (PDF, 9.5 Mb)

Table of Contents:

Can the concept of industrialism be preserved?, Jacob Bjerring Hansen

From mass-produced artefacts to mass treatments: the impact of industrial development on the museum field, Bertrand Lavédrine

Plastic - has the dream material of the 20th century become the nightmare of the 21st?, Yvonne Shashoua

The industrialisation of canvas production in Denmark and its implications for the preservation of Danish nineteenth century paintings, Cecil Krarup Andersen, Troels Filtenborg, Annemette B. Scharff and Mikkel Scharff

The St Just Coast Project 1995-2005, Jon Brookes

Degradation of modern synthetic polymers in museums and environmental assessment with EWO
dosimetry, Terje Grøntoft and Susana Lopez-Aparicio

Action plan for industrial monuments - a proposal for research into improving the management of large sites, Kornelius Goetz, Stefan Brueggerhoff and Norbert Tempel

Flameproofed textiles in museums and conservation, Cajsa Hallgren

Cold storage as an alternative to mass deacidification, Birgit Vinther Hansen

Preservation of sponsored films, Karin Bonde Johansen

Modern cultural heritage; an area of research at the Swedish National Heritage Board, Gunilla Lagnesjö

Developing a policy and procedure for selecting & operating historic objects from the collections of the Science Museum, National Museum of Science & Industry, UK, Martha Leskard

Polymers in watches manufactured in the Jura region, Switzerland, Agnès Gelbert Miermon

Gramophones and Records - the first widespread commercial standardisation, George Brock-Nannestad

USS Monitor conservation: preserving a marvel of 19th century technology, Eric Nordgren, David Krop,, Erin Secord, Elsa Sangouard, Michael Saul, Gary Paden and Gerry Hanley

Case study of a Ducretet inductor coil: conservation problem or visual wonder?, Sharon Penton

Considering the changes of appearance of iron and steel objects during conservation, Karen Stemann-Petersen

Another look at painted finishes on outdoor industrial artifacts, George Prytulak

Industrially produced paint and the perspective of its reconstruction, Nynne Raunsgaard Sethia

Protection of iron and steel in industrial heritage objects, Yvonne Shashoua, Michelle Taube and Torben Holst

Proposal for the conservation of weathered steel objects at the National Trust Estate of West Penwith, Cornwall and at the West Harbor in Berlin, Ulrich Stahn

Recovering the Icon? The restoration of the Zollern II/IV Colliery Engine House in Dortmund, Norbert Tempel

The conservation of a Victorian ship and a Victorian bridge, Robert Turner and Shane Casey

KLEVFOS Forever – how long is that? A new conservation plan for a pulp and paper mill, Vigdis Vingelsgaard

Hazards in industrial collections of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation Ottawa,
Canada, Sue Warren

Finalizing Comments
Diversity, commonality and connectivity, Moderator speech by George Prytulak
Short statements from the panel
Remarks from the floor and panel (abbreviated)

Conservation Perspectives: Modern and Contemporary Art (2009)

Title: Conservation Perspectives - The GCI Newsletter: Modern and Contemporary Art
Publisher: The Getty Conservation Institute
Pages: 32
Year: Fall 2009
Link: available in PDF (6.7 Mb) or html format

Table of Contents:

A Note from the Director, Timothy P. Whalen

Modern and Contemporary Art: New Conservation Challenges, Conflicts, and Considerations, Thomas J. S. Learner

Modern and Contemporary Art: A Personal Reflection, Carol Mancusi-Ungaro

POPART: An International Research Project on the Conservation of Plastics, Bertrand Lavédrine, Rachel Rivenc, and Michael Schilling

Cleaning Acrylic Emulsion Paintings, Bronwn Ormsby and Alan Phenix

INCCA: A Model for Conserving Contemporary Art, Glenn Wharton

Competing Commitments: A Discussion about Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art

ICCROM Newsletter n° 35 - Special edition

Title: ICCROM Newsletter n° 35 - Special edition
Publisher: ICCROM
Year: October 2009
Pages: 36
Available in several languages: English, Français, Castellano, Arabic (
PDF, 2.1 Mb)

Description: A special edition conmemorating ICCROM's 50th Anniversary with timelines highlighting the milestones of the organization.

Digital Documentation, Interpretation & Presentation of Cultural Heritage (2009)

Title: Proceedings of the 22nd CIPA Symposium: "Digital Documentation, Interpretation & Presentation of Cultural Heritage"
Publisher: ICOMOS Documentation Centre
Year: 2009
File: each article is available as a single PDF
Number of articles: 121
Link: http://cipa.icomos.org/...

Metallography and Microstructure of Ancient and Historic Metals (1991)

Title: Metallography and Microstructure of Ancient and Historic Metals
Author: David A. Scott
Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum
Year: 1991
Pages: 185
Link: http://www.getty.edu/... (PDF, 9.29 Mb)

Table of contents:

1. The Nature of Metals
2. The Microstructure of Ancient Metals
3. Two-phased Materials
4. The Microstructure of Tin Bronzes
5. Notes on the Structure of Carbon Steels
6. Martensite in Low-carbon Steels
7. The Tempering of Martensite
8. Structure and Properties of Cast Iron
9. Corroded Microstructures
10. Reflected Polarized Light Microscopy
11. Grain Sizes of Ancient Metals
12. Metallography and Ancient Metals
13. Metallographic Sampling of Metals
14. Mounting and Preparing Specimens
15. Recording Results
16. Etching and Etching Solutions
17. Mounting Resins
18. Microhardness Testing
A. Appendix: Common Microstructural Shapes
B. Appendix: Microstructure of Corroded Metals
C. Appendix: Microhardness Values for Different Alloys and Metals
D. Appendix: Alloys Used in Antiquity
E. Appendix: Terms and Techniques in Ancient Metalworking
F. Appendix: Metallographic Studies
G. Appendix: Phase Diagrams

30 October 2009

Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums (2009)

Title: Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Authors: Peter B. Hirtle, Emily Hudson, and Andrew T. Kenyon
Publisher: Cornell University Library
Pages: 275 pages
Year: 2009
ISBN-13: 978-0-935995-10-7
Licence: Creative commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States
File: PDF, 1.74 Mb

Site: http://hdl.handle.net/...

Digital communications technologies have led to fundamental changes in the ways that cultural institutions fulfil their public missions of access, preservation, research, and education. Institutions are developing publicly-accessible websites in which users can visit online exhibitions, search collection databases, access images of collection items, and in some cases create their own digital content. Digitization, however, also raises the possibility of copyright infringement. “Copyright and Digitization” aims to assist understanding and compliance with copyright law across libraries, archives, and museums. It discusses the exclusive rights of the copyright owner, the major exemptions used by cultural heritage institutions, and stresses the importance of “risk assessment” when conducting any digitization project. It also includes two cases studies, examining digitizing oral histories and student work. As well as free availability here, print copies are available for purchase via www.createspace.com/3405063.

Contents (short version):

1. Introduction
2. Copyright Fundamentals
3. Duration and Ownership of Copyright
4. Exclusive Rights and Infringement
5. Fair Use and Other Exemptions
6. The Libraries and Archives Exemptions
7. Copyright Permissions and Licenses
8. Locating Copyright Owners
9. Other Types of Intellectual Property, Contracts, and Jurisdictional Issues
10. Risk Management: How to Digitize Safely
11. Case Study 1: Interviews and Oral Histories
12. Case Study 2: Dissertations, Theses, and Student Papers

18 October 2009

Physico-Chemical Research of Cultural Heritage Materials Using Microanalytical methods (2009)

Title: Physico-Chemical Research of Cultural Heritage Materials Using Microanalytical methods
: Liz Karen Herrera Quintero

: Ángel Justo Erbez and José Luis Pérez Rodríguez

: Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (ICMS-CSIC), Universidad de Sevilla

: 223 pages

: 2009

: 846920906-X

: Doctoral thesis

: http://hdl.handle.net/...

The research work included in this thesis is focused on the characterisation of five different materials: paintings, baroque mirrors, natural fibres, organ pipes and several metallic artefacts, which are representative of Spanish Cultural Heritage. All of these ornamental elements are characteristic of the Andalusian Baroque period of art. One of the main contributions of this work is the application of synchrotron radiation-based techniques at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) within the Cultural Heritage Group. These synchrotron x-ray techniques were carried out in combination with other analytical laboratory techniques such as x-ray diffraction, micro-infrared, micro-Raman spectroscopy, optical and electron microscopy, and mass spectrometry. Synchrotron radiation was very powerful and useful in the detection, analysis and distribution of different elements and crystal phases. These findings are critical to the different aspects of the artwork.

Index (short version)

Chapter I. Studies and Research of Paintings
I.1. Advanced Combined Application of μ-X-ray Diffraction/μ-X-ray Fluorescence with Conventional Techniques for the Identification of Pictorial Materials from Baroque Andalusia Paintings

I. 2. Characterisation of iron oxide-based pigments by micro X-Ray diffraction

I. 3. Synchrotron-based X-ray experiments used for the study of an iron oxide micrometric pigment in 18th century paintings

I. 4. Characterisation of azurite and malachite pigments by combined application of μ-X-ray diffraction/μ-X-ray fluorescence in cross section from Spanish Baroque paintings

Chapter II. Studies on Ancient Mirrors

II.1. Hg/Sn amalgam degradation of ancient glass mirrors

II.2. Study of nanocrystalline SnO2 particles formed during the corrosion processes
of ancient amalgam mirrors

Chapter III. Studies on Baroque Metallic Organ Pipes

III.1. Chemical composition of the metal pipes of Spanish baroque organs as determined by laboratory and synchrotron techniques
III.2. Chemical composition of the red pipes of a Spanish baroque organ

Chapter IV. Studies of Ancient Fibres

IV. Identification of cellulose fibres belonging to Spanish cultural heritage using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and laboratory techniques

Chapter V. Studies of Metallic Artefacts

V. Analysis of cultural heritage metallic artefacts from Andalusia

Chapter VI. Conclusions

Chapter VII. Resumen

30 September 2009

Infrared Spectroscopy in Conservation Science (1999)

Authors: Michele R. Derrick, Dusan Stulik, and James M. Landry
Title: Infrared Spectroscopy in Conservation Science
Publisher: The Getty Conservation Institute
Year: 1999
http://www.getty.edu/... [PDF, 6.09 Mb]

Table of contents (short version):

Chapter 1. History of Infrared Spectroscopy
Chapter 2. Infrared Absorption Theory
Chapter 3. Sample Collection and Preparation
Chapter 4. Infrared Analysis Methods
Chapter 5. Spectral Interpretation
Chapter 6. Case Studies
Appendix I. Selected Infrared Spectra Collections and Digitized Libraries
Appendix II. Infrared Reference Spectra

08 August 2009

World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (2008)

Editors: Juan Manuel Martinez, Françoise Descamps and Kathleen Louw

Title: Proceedings 9th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, Kazan, 19-23 June, 2007
Publisher: The Getty Conservation Institute
Year: 2008
English [972 KB, 88 pp.]

Français [1 MB, 88 pp.]
Español [1 MB, 88 pp.]

Table of contents (short version):

Keynote Presentations
Overview of Heritage and Economics: Some Basic Concepts, David Throsby
Sustainable Development Based on Valorizing the Historic Urban Fabric, Mona Serageldin
A Balancing Act, Managing Development Pressures in Urban Heritage Sites: The multiple Values of Urban Heritage Sites, Eduardo Rojas
Practical Tools for the Enhancement of Heritage and Economics in Historic Cities: An Operational Approach, Jean-Louis Luxen
Reports of Discussions

31 July 2009

The Nefertari Wall Paintings Conservation Project (1993)

Title: Art and Eternity. The Nefertari Wall Paintings Conservation Project. 1986-1992
Editors: Miguel Angel Corso and Mahasti Afshar
Publisher: The Getty Conservation Institute
Year: 1993
Links: Section 1 (54pp., 7.4MB, pdf)
Section 2 (80pp., 6.6MB, pdf)
Section 3 (30pp., 5.5MB, pdf)

Table of contents (short version):

- The Valley of the Queens and Royal Children, Christian Leblanc
- Iconography of the Nefertari Wall Paintings, Mahasti Afshar
- Original Painting Techniques and Materials used in the Tomb of Nefertari, Stephen Rickerby
- Analyses of Pigments, Binding Media, and Varnishes, Dusan Stulik, Eduardo Porta and Antoni Palet
- The nefertari Conservation Program, Paolo Mora and Laura Sbordoni Mora
- The Color Measurement Program in the tomb of Nefertari, Michael Schilling
- Photographic Documentation of the Nefertari Wall Paintings, Mahasti Afshar
- Environmental Monitoring at the Tomb of Nefertari, Shin Maekawa
- Conclusion, Neville Agnew
- Source Materials for the Study of the Nefertary Wall Paintings, Mahasti Afshar

16 June 2009

Biodeterioration of Polymers and Resins (1988)

Title: Assessment of the Susceptibility to Biodeterioration of Selected Polymers and Resins
Authors: Robert J. Koestler and E.D. Santoro
Publisher: The Getty Conservation Institute
Year: 1988
Pages: 118
Link: http://www.getty.edu/... (PDF, 10.4 Mb)

Table of contents:

1. Introduction
2. Materials and Methods
3. Results
4. Discussion
5. Conclusions
6. Bibliography
A. Literature Review of Consolidants
B. Morphological characteristics of Fungal Isolates
C. Summary of In Situ Liquid Particle Counting Data and Vendor Information

Experimental Design for Art Conservation Research (1992)

Title: Principles of Experimental Design for Art Conservation Research
Authors: Terry J. Reedy and Chandra L. Reedy
Publisher: The Getty Conservation Institute
Year: 1992
Pages: 123
Link: http://www.getty.edu/... (PDF, 1.6 Mb)
Preface to the Electronic Edition, 2008. (3pp., 19KB)

Table of contents:

1. Conservation Science and Practice
2. The Scientific Method and Conservation Research
3. Single-Object Studies
4. Experimental Design
5. statistical analysis
6. Multiple-Object (Group) Studies
7. Conservation Treatment Trials
Statistical Glossary & Index

04 May 2009

The Visual Pigments (1957)

Title: The Visual Pigments
Author: Herbert J. A. Dartnall
Publisher: Methuen and Company (London), and John Wiley and Sons (New York)
Year: 1957
Pages: 216
Formats available: Flip Book, txt, DjVu, html, xml and pdf (colour and b/w)
Link: http://www.archive.org/...

Table of contents:
Chapter I. Introduction and Methods
Chapter II. The Visual Pigments and Their Photoproducts
Chapter III. The Physical Chemistry of Visual Purple
Chapter IV. The Structure of Visual Purple
Chapter V. Isomerism and the Visual Pigments
Chapter VI. The Homogeneity of Visual Pigment Solutions
Chapter VII. Other Methods of Studying Visual Pigments

28 April 2009

Protecting Cultural Objects

: Protecting Cultural Objects Through International Documentation Standards: A Preliminary Survey

: Robin Thornes

: html

: http://www.object-id.com


Part One: Background
The Threats to the World's Cultural Objects

The Response of the International Community

The Importance of Documentation in the Protection of Cultural Objects

Networked Access to Information

The Need for Documentation Standards

The Value of Core Information

The Objectives of This Project

Part Two: Summary of Findings

The Survey

The Organizations

Use of Information Technology

Visual Documentation

Condition Information

Candidate Core Categories

Range of Agreements

Part Three: The Categories of Information

Categories of Information: Summary

Appendix A: Responding Organizations and Initiatives

Appendix B: Results of the Survey of Condition Reporting Documentation
Notes Selected

Documenting the Cultural Heritage

Title: Documenting the Cultural Heritage
Editors: Robin Thornes and John Bold
: html

: http://www.object-id.com



Importance of Documentation

Need for Documentation Standards

Core Data Index to Historic Buildings and Monuments

Core Data Standard for Archaeological Sites and Monuments

Object ID

The Standards

Standards in Practice — Greenwich

Core Data Index
Core Data Standard
Object ID
Object ID Checklist


Theoretical Framework



27 April 2009

The Making of Object ID

Title: The Making of Object ID
: Robin Thornes

: html

: http://www.object-id.com


I. Summary

II. The Standard

IV. Law-Enforcement Agencies

V. The Art Trade and Appraisers

VI. The Insurance Industry

VII. Customs Agencies

Introduction to Object ID (1999)

: Introduction to Object ID Guidelines for Making Records that Describe Art, Antiques, and Antiquities

Authors: Robin Thornes, with Peter Dorrell and Henry Lie
Publisher: The J. Paul Getty Trust
Year: 1999
Format: html
Link: http://www.object-id.com

Contents (short version):
Part I: Describing Art and Antiques Using Object ID
Part II: Photographing Objects for Purposes of Identification

07 April 2009

Conservation of Thangkas (2009)

Title: Proceedings of the Forum on the Conservation of Thangkas
Editors: Mary Ballard and Carole Dignard
Publisher: ICOM-CC
Year: 2009
Pages: 120
Description: The Proceedings of the Forum on the Conservation of Thangkas, Special Session of the ICOM-CC 15th Triennial Conference, New Delhi, India, September 26, 200, are now available. This 120 page e-book contains 13 papers and 4 abstracts on the following topics: conservation of living heritage; ethics, values and approaches; museum or community perspectives; treatments and decision-making; material science and analyses.
Link: http://www.icom-cc.org/...

Table of contents:

Session 1 Theme: Conservation of Thangkas: Sacred and In Situ
- Documenting Thangkas: A Conservation Strategy, by Sanjay Dhar
- Restoring Bhutanese Thangkas, by Ephraim Jose
- Conservation of Thangkas: Preserving a Living Religious Heritage, by Sabine Cotte
- Presenting, Handling and Treating Sacred Thangkas According to Western Standards and Respecting their Cultural Context – An Achievable Common Purpose?, by Ute Griesser
- The Continously Evolving Form of Thangkas, by Ann Shaftel
- Conservation of Thangkas (abstract), by Regina Knaller

Session 2 Theme: Thangkas in Collections: Case Studies and Approaches
- Conservation of Thangkas in the National Museum, New Delhi, by Kamlesh Kumar Gupta
- Conservation of Thangka Paintings: A Cultural Heritage from the Himalayan Region, by C. B. Gupta
- Thangka Conservation at INTACH, Delhi, India, by Nilabh Sinha
- Restoration and Conservation of Tibetan and Nepalese Thangkas, by Alan Farancz
- Conservation of Tibetan Thangka Paintings from the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, by Mike Wheeler and Teresa Heady
- A Non-traditional Reversible and Transparent Display Mount for a Thangka with Significant Inscriptions on the Back of Primary Image, by Joyce Ertel Hulbert
- A Shatrunjaya ‘Tirtha Pata’: A Monumental Jain Pilgrimage Painting in the Ethnographic Museum, Antwerp, Belgium, by Elsje Janssen and Françoise Therry

Session 3 Theme: Thangkas: Analyses of Materials
- Thangka Production in the 18th - 21st Centuries: Documenting the Introduction of Non-traditional Materials into Himalayan Painting Practice, by Jennifer Mass, Jo-Fan Huang, Betty Fiske, Ann Shaftel, Xian Zhang, Richard Laursen, Courtney Shimoda, Catherine Matsen and Christina Bisulca
- Understanding Tibetan Painting Materials: An Intermuseum Project (abstract), by Beth Price, Boris Pretzel, Katherine Paul, Catherine Higgitt, Ken Sutherland and Xian Zhang
- Asian Organic Colorants (abstract), by Cecily Grzywacz
- Documenting a Tibetan Wall Painting Reproduction (abstract), by Mikkel Scharff and Peder Bøllingtoft

03 April 2009

The Tomb of Nefertari (1996)

Title: House of Eternity: The Tomb of Nefertari
Author: John K. McDonald
Publisher: The Getty Conservation Institute
Year: 1996
Format: PDF, downloadable in four separate sections

Table of contents:

Section 1 (23pp., 5.5MB)
"Nefertari: Radiant Queen"

Section 2 (18pp., 5.1MB)
"The Valley of the Queens" 
"Conveyance to Eternal Life: The Royal Tombs of Egypt" 
"The Tomb Builders' Village"

Section 3 (18pp., 4.6MB)
"After Nefertari's Burial" 
"Resurrection and Recurrent Risks" 
"The King of the Dead and His Divine Family"

Section 4 (65pp., 17MB)
"Among the Immortals: A Walk through the 'House of Eternity'" 

Video: Reading scrolls without unroll them

From the description
Dr. Brent Seales, professor of computer science at the University of Kentucky, reveals new research that may make it possible to read ancient scrolls and manuscripts that are unable to be physically unrolled. By scanning the objects, we may be able to virtually unroll these delicate objects without harming them. 

Runtime: 28 mn

22 January 2009

MCI Project Summaries 2008

Title: Project Summaries 2008
Pages: 170
File: http://www.si.edu/... (PDF, 6.89 Mb)

Description: MCI staff collaborated with Smithsonian, and non-Smithsonian, museums and research centers on 156 projects listed in the book. In addition, we continued a wide range of research programs to understand and resolve collection care issues. Also, we were able to bring on two new scientists, expanding our ability to analyze organic materials, and we opened a stable isotope-mass spectrometry laboratory.

16 January 2009

Museums & Society 2034 (2008)

Title: Museums & Society 2034: Trends and Potential Futures
Author: James Chung and Susie Wilkening
Year: 2008
Pages: 20
Website: http://www.futureofmuseums.org/
File: http://aam-us.org/ (PDF, 2.4 Mb)

Description (from the website):
What challenges will society and museums face in the next quarter-century? To find out, the Center for the Future of Museums (CFM) commissioned this discussion paper on social and cultural trends and their potential effect on museums. This paper is designed to be a catalyst – a fact-based platform for further exploration, and refinement rather than the final word on museum trends.

08 January 2009

Modern Techniques in Conservation and Analysis (2005)

Title: Scientific Examination of Art: Modern Techniques in Conservation and Analysis
Year: 2005
Pages: 254
ISBN: 0-309-54961-2
Online view (full text): http://books.nap.edu/...
PDF: http://www.nap.edu/...(requires free registration)

Description (from the website):
In March 2003, the National Academy of Sciences Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia presented the Scientific Examination of Art: Modern Techniques in Conservation and Analysis at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. Featuring senior investigators of specific methods and materials, the papers in this book examine the application of scientific methods to the study and conservation of art and cultural properties.

Table of contents:

The State of the Field - Overview, John Winter (PDF, 144 kb)
Material Innovation and Artistic Invention: New Materials and New Colors in Renaissance Venetian Paintings, Barbara H. Berrie (PDF, 9590 kb)
The Scientific Examination of Works of Art on Paper, Paul M. Whitmore (PDF, 191 kb)
Changing Approaches in Art Conservation: 1925 to the Present, Joyce Hill Stoner (PDF, 13457 kb)
An Overview of Current Scientific Research on Stone Sculpture, Richard Newman (PDF, 161 kb)
Biodeterioration of Stone, Thomas D. Perry IV, Christopher J. McNamara, and Ralph Mitchell (PDF, 3555 kb)
Techniques and Applications - Analytical Capabilities of Infrared Reflectography: An Art Historian s Perspective, Molly Faries (PDF, 14021 kb)
Color-Accurate Image Archives Using Spectral Imaging, Roy S. Berns (PDF, 1237 kb)
Multispectral Imaging of Paintings in the Infrared to Detect and Map Blue Pigments, John K. Delaney, Elizabeth Walmsley, Barbara H. Berrie, and Colin F. Fletcher (PDF, 3862 kb)
Modern Paints, Tom Learner (PDF, 1646 kb)
Material and Method in Modern Art: A Collaborative Challenge, Carol Mancusi-Ungaro (PDF, 3469 kb)
Raman Microscopy in the Identification of Pigments on Manuscripts and Other Artwork, Robin J. H. Clark (PDF, 5851 kb)
Paint Media Analysis, Michael R. Schilling (PDF, 289 kb)
A Review of Some Recent Research on Early Chinese Jades, Janet G. Douglas (PDF, 887 kb)
APPENDIX A - Contributors (PDF, 146 kb)
APPENDIX B - Program (PDF, 124 kb)
APPENDIX C - Participants (PDF, 147 kb)

07 January 2009

The HEREDUC handbook for teachers (2005)

Title: Heritage in the Classroom. A Practical Manual for Teachers
Authors: Veerle De Troyer, Jens Vermeersch, Hildegarde Van Genechten, Klaus Kösters, Pieter Mols, Jacqueline Van Leeuwen, Nicole Vitré, Fabio Pizzicanella and Antonietta Destro
Publisher: Het Gemeenschapsonderwijs
Year: 2005
Pages: 155
File: pdf, 3.88 Mb
Link: http://www.gemeenschapsonderwijs.be/...
Website: http://www.hereduc.net/...

Description (from the website): The HEREDUC handbook contains approaches to heritage in Europe and concentrates on how teachers might integrate heritage education in lessons, in primary as well as secondary schools. The text is written with practical application in mind. The handbook finishes with a series of 34 inspiring practical examples from five European countries and a selective bibliography.

Table of contents (short version):

Chapter 1. A school trip to the past, with an eye fixed on the future
Chapter 2. Heritage education, Europe and identity
Chapter 3. Learning with and from our heritage
Chapter 4. Heritage projects in all measures
Chapter 5. Practical examples
A selected bibliography