Mixing and Matching: Approaches to Retouching Paintings

Rebecca Ellison, Patricia Smithen, Rachel Turnbull (eds)

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ISBN: 9781904982500
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 246 x 175 mm
Pages: 188
Illustrations: 148 colour, 14 halftone

Methods of retouching, or inpainting, vary according to personal preference - the media, pigments and techniques used are each chosen to suit the individual object. A wealth of options is available to the practising conservator, many of which are covered in this volume. The history, development and method of application of each technique is discussed and illustrated, while additional papers explore practical and theoretical aspects of colour matching.

The three sections of this book (Egg tempera retouching, Resin retouching and Retouching complex surfaces) contain material presented at three separate workshops organised by the Paintings Group of the Institute of Conservation (Icon) and the British Association of Painting Conservators-Restorers (BAPCR) and held at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

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This publication addresses a wealth of issues surrounding retouching and will surely become a well-thumbed reference book, filling a gap in current conservation literature. Practical tips? This book has no shortage, and mine is that you make space for a copy on the studio bookshelf.
The Picture Restorer 37 (Autumn 2010) 52-53