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1st Edition

Histories of Conservation and Art History in Modern Europe

ISBN 9780367650070
Published March 15, 2022 by Routledge
240 Pages 7 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book traces the development of scientific conservation and technical art history.

It takes as its starting point the final years of the nineteenth century, which saw the establishment of the first museum laboratory in Berlin, and ground-breaking international conferences on art history and conservation held in pre-World War I Germany. It follows the history of conservation and art history until the 1940s when, from the ruins of World War II, new institutions such as the Istituto Centrale del Restauro emerged, which would shape the post-war art and conservation world.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, conservation history, historiography, and history of science and humanities.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Experts in the Interbellum

Sven Dupré

Part 1 Science, Authentication and Issues of Conservation

2 "We Cannot Splash Light onto Our Palettes": The 1893 Munich Exhibition and Congress and Its Public Demand for Research on Painting Materials and Techniques

Kathrin Kinseher

3 A. P. Laurie and the Scientific Appreciation of Art

Geert Vanpaemel

4 Seeing Through the (Old) Masters: The Crisis of Connoisseurship and the Emergence of Radiographic Art Expertise

Uta Kornmeier

5 Rome 1930, the International Conference on the Scientific Analysis of Artworks and Its Legacy in Italy

Marco Cardinali

Part 2 Education and Professionalisation

6 Mending, Sticking, and Repairing: Reconstructing Conservation Expertise in Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Caitlin R. O’Grady

7 Wissenschaft, Vocation, or Bildung?: Debating the Sites and Aims of German Art History at the End of the Nineteenth Century

Anne Van Dam

8 Education in the Art and Conservation Field in German Countries

Michael Von Der Goltz

9 Experiments in a Teaching Museum: The Fogg’s "Laboratory for Art"

Francesca G. Bewer

Part 3 Museums and Institutions

10 Omnium Gatherum to a ‘Treasury of Art and Science’: The Development of Conservation Expertise at the Ashmolean Museum

Morwenna Blewett

11 The (In)visibility of the Paintings Restorers of the Rijksmuseum in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Esther Van Duijn

12 Gemäldekunde. German Pioneers of the ‘Science of Painting’

Andreas Burmester

13 Invention as Necessity: The Salvage of Italian Frescoes During World War II

Cathleen Hoeniger

14 Expertise, Multiple Actors, and Multiple Voices

Noémie Etienne

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Sven Dupré is Director of the Research Institute for History and Art History, and a Professor of History of Art, Science and Technology at Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam. He was PI of the ARTECHNE project "Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise, 1500–1950," supported by a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (2015–2021).

Jenny Boulboullé is a historian and philosopher, studying hands-on practices in the arts and sciences. She has held research positions at Columbia University, Utrecht University, and the University of Amsterdam as a member of the "Making and Knowing" project and the ARTECHNE project, and at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.