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Welcome to Archetype Publications

Archetype Publications Limited has grown since 1987 to be one of the leading publishers in the conservation of art and antiquities and technical art history. You can browse our titles on this website or download our complete catalogue. Titles can be purchased by individuals directly from us using the order forms or from bookshops (also see where to buy). Some of our publications are textbooks which have been/are used in IAP short courses in conservation.

Archetype Publications also distributes selected International Institute of Conservation (IIC) titles. These are listed with all Archetype titles under the section 'Available Titles'.

Recent Publications

Painting in Tempera, c. 1900
Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin number 6, 2016
Colour Change in Paintings
Authenticity in Transition: Changing Practices in Contemporary Art Making and Conservation
Wooden Supports in 12th–16th-Century European Paintings

Archetype News

Archetype Titles to be published in mid to late 2016 19th September 2016

We expect to publish the following books (provisional titles) between October and December 2016:

Compositiones Variae
Metalpoint Drawings in Northern Europe
Dyes from Nature
Rembrandt Now: Technical Practice, Conservation and Research (online)

Details are/will be posted on this website as they become available

Archetype enews 30th March 2014

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