Art, biology, and conservation: biodeterioration of works of art

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003 - Art - 572 pages
Despite the perception that artworks are timeless and unchanging, they are actually subject to biological attack from a variety of sources--from bacteria to fungi to insects. This groundbreaking volume, which publishes the proceedings of a conference held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2002, explores how the development of these organisms can be arrested while preserving both the work of art and the health of the conservator.The richly illustrated text, containing the writings of over 40 scientists and conservators, is divided into sections on stone and mural paintings, paper, textiles, wood and archaeological materials, treatment and prevention, and special topics. The artworks and cultural properties discussed include, among many others, Paleolithic cave paintings, Tiffany drawings, huts built by early Antarctic explorers, and a collection of toothbrushes taken from Auschwitz victims.

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Contents

DIRECTOR S INTRODUCTION
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PRESERVING THE TIMBERS OF THE TUDOR WARSHIP MARY ROSE
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BIODETERIORATION STUDIES ON PASTELS AND OILBASED PAINTINGS
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