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Recent Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Painting: Methodology, Limitations, and Perspectives

Recent Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Painting: Methodology, Limitations, and Perspectives
Molly Faries and Ron Spronk
ISBN 1-891771-35-3
Available 2003
214 pages;
8-1/4x11-3/4 in.
30 color and 99 b&w illustrations
Paper,
$75.00
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Published by the Harvard University Art Museums
Published in Belgium and distributed by Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium

On November 2, 1996, the Harvard Univerity Art Museums organized the symposium “Recent Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Painting: Methodology, Limitations, and Perspectives.” The symposium brought together leading experts from all fields of technical investigation for groundbreaking sessions on topics ranging from the history of technical studies to the latest imaging technology. The rapid changes in research methods and investigative equipment and techniques had precipitated a need for an integrated and evaluative study of the field. This volume of symposium papers—revised and updated, and accompanied by a comprehensive overview of the topic, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography—provides a valuable reference on technical studies of early Netherlandish painting and will make this research more accessible to scholars, conservation professionals, scientists, and students.

Molly Faries is professor of history of art at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and Indian University Bloomington. Ron Spronk is associate curator for research at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University Art Museums.

Papers contributed by: J. R. J. van Asperen de Boer (Professor Emeritus, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen); Peter Klein (University of Hamburg); Teri Hensick (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University Art Museums); Gianfranco Pacobene (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University Art Museums) and Ron Spronk; E. Melanie Gifford, Susana Halpine, and Suzanne Quillen Lomax (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC), and Michael R. Schilling (Getty Conservation Institute); Henry Lie (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University Art Museums); and Maryan Wynn Ainsworth (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

The symposium and publication were made possible by the support of the M. Victor Leventritt Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.