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    Question asked 2017-12-30 20:46:36 ... Most recent comment 2017-12-30 20:59:18
    Technical Art History

    Hello Mitra Conservators,

    Could you so kindly list technical/technique books that you would highly recommend?  

    For example the N.G. Technical Buletins, and Sir Charles Eastlakes book come to mind, but im sure there are others and maybe even better ones that Mitra could recommend.

    I recently heard of one by Mary Merrifield titled, "Medieval and Renaissance Treatises on the Arts of Painting,"  but im not sure if this is something Mitra Conservators would put on their list.  

    Thanks you and Take care

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    ​Well we have at least two lists in our resources section that might interest you: Artists' Treatises and Manuals and Technical Art History and Conservation Publications. While some updating is needed (a few very nice texts came out this past year) this will be a good place for you to start. It is really impossible for us to recommend any one in particular unless you get a bit more specific about what kind of information you are after....Merrifield and Eastlake are both valuable texts but I would not necessarily go to these if you are trying to reconstruct/reproduce Old Master painting techniques (but again it depends).

    Kristin deGhetaldi
    2017-12-30 20:59:18

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