East Asian Paintings: Materials, Structures and Deterioration Mechanisms

John Winter

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ISBN: 9781904982319
Binding: Hardback
Dimensions: 270 x 200 mm
Pages: 214
Illustrations: 33 colour, 72 halftone, 62 line

This book brings together what is known of the material aspects of the paintings of East Asia (China, Japan and Korea), covering the components used, painting structures, certain aspects of painting techniques, and the mechanisms of deterioration. It concentrates on those works in the mainstream of art history, largely paintings on flexible supports and typically mounted as scrolls. The author bases his account on what is known from the available historical literature, on research published by colleagues worldwide, and on his own research of over thirty-five years at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

East Asian Paintings packs almost all one would need to know on its subject matter into a dense but relatively small number of pages...It is to date the definitive text on technical issues on East Asian paintings...
Studies in Conservation 54(3) (2009) 185-187