Historical and Philosophical Issues in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

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Nicholas Price, M. Kirby Talley, Alessandra Melucco Vaccaro
Getty Publications, Sep 26, 1996 - Art - 500 pages
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This volume is the first comprehensive collection of texts on the conservation of art and architecture to be published in the English language. Designed for students of art history as well as conservation, the book consists of forty-six texts, some never before translated into English and many originally published only in obscure or foreign journals.
 
The thirty major art historians and scholars represented raise questions such as when to restore, what to preserve, and how to maintain aesthetic character. Excerpts have been selected from the following books and essays: John Ruskin, The Seven Lamps of Architecture; Bernard Berenson, Aesthetics and History in the Visual Arts; Clive Bell, The Aesthetic Hypothesis; Cesare Brandi, Theory of Restoration; Kenneth Clark, Looking at Pictures; Erwin Panofsky, The History of Art as a Humanistic Discipline; E. H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion; Marie Cl. Berducou, The Conservation of Archaeology; and Paul Philippot, Restoration from the Perspective of the Social Sciences. The fully illustrated book also contains an annotated bibliography and an index.
 

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Contents

John Ruskin The Lamp of Memory I
42
John Ruskin The Lamp of Memory I
44
Pieter Christoph Wonder Patrons
165
Albert Albano Art in Transition
176
The Emergence of Modern Conservation Theory
201
Marguerite Yourcenar That Mighty Sculptor Time
212
Historical Perspective
261
Philosophy Criteria
268
EugeneEmmanuel ViolIetleDuc Restoration
314
Reintegration of Losses
325
Max J Friedlander On Restorations
332
The Idea of Patina
365
The Role of Science and Technology
424
Annotated Bibliography
451
About the Authors
472
Index
486

Restoration and AntiRestoration
307

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Nicholas Stanley Price is former deputy director of the Training Program at the Getty Conservation Institute.
 

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