Lining Paintings: Papers from the Greenwich Conference on Comparative Lining Techniques

Caroline Villers (ed.)

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ISBN: 1873132042
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
Pages: 191
Illustrations: 124 halftone

The Conference on Comparative Lining Techniques held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich is legendary. It was the first major conference solely concerned with the structural conservation of paintings and, by bringing together a distinguished international group of practitioners to discuss lining paintings, it changed the nature and status of the debate. The Conference responded to a period of accelerating change, especially the introduction of new materials and technologies, and the papers presented compare established practice with cutting edge research and development, empirical craftsmanship with scientific methodology with the goal of refining the practice of lining and minimising the risks of change to the painting.

The extraordinary atmosphere, the films, demonstrations, the Lining Exhibition Gallery all encouraged radical review. The papers and conference materials record practice and principles at a critical moment in the history of conservation and constitute one of the most important foundational texts about conservation in the late 20th century.

This volume contains the papers as originally presented, some of which have been brought up to date with the addition of commentaries. A glossary of terms (previously issued as a handbook) and a new select bibliography are included.

In light of the lengthy hiatus between the event and the publication of these edited might reasonably wonder if such a publication is useful a generation after the original presentations were made...It might be said that while still useful in a practical sense, this book is more interesting in a historical one, because it is a time capsule that allows us a careful look at an era in our profession when many lining techniques, some traditional and others innovative, were being evaluated for the first time.
Studies in Conservation 50 (2005) 78-79