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Advances in the Protection of Museum Collections from Earthquake Damage: Papers from a Symposium Held at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Villa on May 3–4, 2006

  • Edited by Jerry Podany

    For nearly three decades, the J. Paul Getty Museum has played a leading role in the development of seismic mitigation for museum collections. Contributors to this volume—ranging from museum conservators, mount makers, and historical archaeologists, to seismologists and structural engineers—discuss and illustrate a wide variety of earthquake-mitigation efforts for collections, from the simple and inexpensive to the complex and costly.

    The book's essays examine the techniques applied to large collections and to small house museums, to exhibition cases containing objects as well as to monumental works of art and historical structures. Approaches range from securing and restraining objects to decoupling them from the ground through a variety of base-isolation mechanisms. These pioneering efforts have been developed in the face of significant challenges since, as any engineer, conservator, or mount maker who has undertaken this work can attest, a small sculpture can often be a far greater challenge to protect than a multistory building.

    Until his retirement in 2016, Jerry Podany was head of antiquities conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is the author of When Galleries Shake: Earthquake Damage Mitigation for Museum Collections (Getty Publications, 2017).

    240 pages
    7 3/4 x 11 inches
    125 color and 35 b/w illustrations
    11 tables, 90 charts, diagrams, and maps
    ISBN 978-0-89236-908-9

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum