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Conservation: MFA Highlights (edition 2010)

by Richard Newman

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Title:Conservation: MFA Highlights
Authors:Richard Newman
Info:MFA Publications (2010), Paperback, 200 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:art, history, conservation

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Conservation: MFA Highlights by Richard Newman

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Unlike some other books on art conservation, this book is light and an easy read. It's the potato chips of books, before you know it the book is done and you're left wanting more. Its easy to pick up and put down because the information is divided into sections then further divided in to one or two page spreads on the art. It reviews every aspect on conservation from cleaning to fixing to halting the damage.

The Museum of Fine Arts also does their conservation a little different from your average art museum. Instead of having a separate conservation work space closed off from the public, the conservation is done in the galleries. I know that as of now, visitors can watch conversations mend a large scale Japanese scroll, a German altarpiece and more. The Museum is very open about how they preserve art for future generations.

Both the museum and this book are high quality and are definitely worth visiting and purchasing. And for around $20, the book has nice pictures and good content. ( )
  rachel_stewart19 | Aug 30, 2016 |
This book is one in a series produced by the MFA to show focus on particular areas of the collection. Instead of focusing on a particular type of art, this volume focuses on conservation (the science of preserving art).
There are a few short sections that explain and discuss the history and concepts behind conservation. The bulk of the book consists of 1-2 page descriptions and photographs of the treatment specific objects have undergone recently and in history.
The text is digestible by someone who is unfamiliar with museum science without oversimplifying. This is an interesting volume for anyone who is curious about what happens in the labs of museums. ( )
  vrwolf | Dec 23, 2012 |
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Though conservation plays a decisive role in the public's experience of artworks in museums, visitors are often unaware of what it takes to keep them vibrant, intact and in some cases existent, and until now there has never been a comprehensive, accessible volume that explains this science to the layperson. Here, the respected conservation scholar Richard Newman recounts tales of uncovered forgeries and unknown masterpieces from more than 130 years of MFA history--tales of important works rescued from neglect and abuse, and of new insights that have helped us understand how artists and craftspeople throughout history worked, lived and created the masterpieces we now see on display. Covering objects from all periods, media and genres--ancient to contemporary, painting to furniture, Eastern to Western--this latest volume in the MFA Highlights series invites readers to share a backstage look at the restoration, study and even discovery of some of the world's most remarkable artworks.

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