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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
Rating:*****
Tags:art, history, conservation

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Conservation: MFA Highlights by Richard Newman

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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0878467297, Paperback)

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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