1st Edition

Histories of Conservation and Art History in Modern Europe

Edited By Sven Dupré, Jenny Boulboullé Copyright 2022
    240 Pages 7 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 7 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 7 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.