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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

Paint and Piety: Collected Essays on Medieval Painting and Polychrome Sculpture
French Bronze Sculpture: Materials and Techniques 16th - 18th Century
Authenticity and Replication: The 'Real Thing' in Art and Conservation
European Paintings 15th-18th Century: Copying, Replicating and Emulating
Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and its Conservation
British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, Volume 7, The
Four Seasons Tapestries at Hatfield House, The
Desalination of Historic Buildings, Stone and Wall Paintings
Public Face of Conservation, The
Setting the Scene: European Painted Cloths from the Fourteenth to the Twenty-First Century

Archetype News

Archetype titles to be published April - August 2014 31st March 2014

The following Archetype titles are to be published April - August 2014:
Paint and Piety: Collected Essays on Medieval Painting and Polychrome Sculpture (OUT NOW)
Between Formula and Freestyle: Nicolai Abildgaard and 18th Century Painting Technique (due April)
Textiles, Technical Practice and Power in the Andes (due May)
Inca sacred space: landscape, site and symbol in the Andes (due May)
Architectural Paint Research: sharing Informat... more...

Archetype enews 30th March 2014

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Archetype gift certificates 31st March 2011

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