Cultural Heritage Science

Heritage Wood

Investigation and Conservation of Art on Wood

Editors: Nevin, Austin, Sawicki, Malgorzata (Eds.)

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  • Offers a methodological framework for the technical study of polychromy on wood
  • Describes new materials for conservation of waterlogged wood
  • Provides a framework for the assessment of cleaning using gels and emulsions
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This volume highlights recent research efforts in the conservation and investigation of works of art on wood. Through eleven case studies it showcases different experimental methods ranging from X-ray analysis of objects to the study of cross-sections made from micro-samples. 

New research focusing on the technical study, treatment and assessment of works of art on wood in its many forms is featured in this edited volume. Technical studies include the attribution and investigations of a triptych by Hans Memling and a sculpture from workshop of Michel and Gregor Erhart, decorated Syrian rooms, and investigations of finely carved Gothic wooden objects. Synchrotron-based methods are presented for studying the alteration of 19th c. verdigris in Norway, and multi-analytical methods are employed for the investigations of 16th to 19th c. East Asian lacquer from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Novel methods for the cleaning of gilded surfaces using gels and emulsions are shown, as are innovative strategies for the consolidation for waterlogged wood, providing key data for the assessment of risks and benefits of new methods, and the short and long-term effects on gilding layers and archaeological wood. The book clearly shows how collaboration between engineers, physicists, biologists and chemists and conservators of different types of materials can lead to new research in conservation science. This book is crucial reading for conservators and conservation scientists, as well as for technical art historians, providing key methodological case studies of polychromy from different temporal and geographical contexts.


About the authors

Austin Nevin, chemist and conservator, is a Researcher at the CNR-IFN where he has worked since 2011, and he is the coordinator of the CNR-IFN research group.

His research focuses on the analysis of paintings and painting materials, and the study of ancient and modern cultural heritage using optical and spectroscopic techniques. He is the co-author of over 40 publications, one of the editors of the Springer series Cultural Heritage Science and a member of the permanent scientific committee of the LACONA and of the TECHNART conferences. He has served as the coordintor of the Scientific Research Working Group of ICOM-CC (from 2011-2014) and is a Council Member and Fellow of the IIC (since 2013). Following a degree in Chemistry (Mchem) from the University of Oxford (2001) and a 3-year MA in the Consrvation of Paintings (Wall Paintings) from the Courtauld Institute of Art (2004), Nevin went on to obtain a PhD from the Courtauld entitled “Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy for the analysis of proteinb-based binding media” (2008). Between 2004-2007 he won a Marie Curie Early Stage Training Fellowship at IESL-FORTH (Greece) where his research focussed on the analysis of paintings using laser-based techniques.



Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • An Investigation of the Feasibility of the Use of Gels and Emulsions in Cleaning of Gilded Wooden Surfaces. Part A: Removal of Brass-Based Overpainting

    Pages 1-36

    Sawicki, Malgorzata (et al.)

  • An Investigation of the Feasibility of the Use of Gels and Emulsions in Cleaning of Gilded Wooden Surfaces. Part B: Cleaning of Soiled Oil-Gilding

    Pages 37-64

    Sawicki, Malgorzata (et al.)

  • New Consolidants for the Conservation of Archeological Wood

    Pages 65-77

    Walsh-Korb, Zarah (et al.)

  • Analytical Examination and Conservation of East Asian Lacquer Works from European Collections

    Pages 79-92

    Pitthard, Václav (et al.)

  • Technology for Technology’s Sake: The Technical Study of Gothic Miniature Boxwood Carvings in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

    Pages 93-108

    Ellis, Lisa (et al.)

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eBook $89.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Heritage Wood
Book Subtitle
Investigation and Conservation of Art on Wood
Editors
  • Austin Nevin
  • Malgorzata Sawicki
Series Title
Cultural Heritage Science
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11054-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11054-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11053-6
Series ISSN
2366-6226
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 226
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations, 85 illustrations in colour
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