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Historical and Philosophical Issues in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Edited by Nicholas Stanley Price, M. Kirby Talley Jr., and Alessandra Melucco Vaccaro

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.

Nicholas Stanley Price is former deputy director of the Training Program at the Getty Conservation Institute. M. Kirby Talley Jr. is project coordinator for Conservation and Restoration at the Directorate for the Management of National Cultural Property in Amsterdam. Alessandra Melucco Vaccaro is affiliated with the Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali in Rome.

520 pages
7 x 10 inches
57 color and 32 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-0-89236-398-8

Getty Publications
Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute
Series: Readings in Conservation