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The restoration of paintings
Nicolaus, Knut.
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Handbuch der Gemälderestaurierung. English
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Cologne : Könemann, [1999]

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422 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
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ND1650 .N53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Nicolaus's career in restoration includes 20 years of museum experience followed by academic appointments, most recently at the College of Applied Sciences in Cologne. This extensively illustrated volume conveys the experience of a seasoned restorer to give the uninitiated layperson an understanding of the complex task of reading the condition of paintings. It is neither an instruction manual for the do-it-yourself novice nor a technical tool for the professional. Nicolaus stresses the need for competent, sensitive work by trained professionals, but with his "popular scientific" approach, he also summarizes the current state of knowledge and refines restoration terminology. Thanks to the generous color illustrations, anyone interested in painting will be better able to understand visually the need for expert restoration treatment, the causes of the conditions to be remedied, and treatment options. Major areas covered are wooden support, textile support, paint layers, and varnish, each outlining the nature of the element, its specific physical and historical aspects, and treatment methods. Appendixes include a detailed section on need for and methods of documenting treatment, a glossary, and extensive multilingual bibliography. The most recent and complete publication in English on the restoration of paintings: a useful tool for art historians, museum curators, and studio practitioners. Mandatory for all painting collections. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. M. Nilsen; Univesity of Delaware