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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

For Tomorrow: Investigating New Materials in the Works of Alexandru Rădvan
Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments: Practical Recipes and their Historical Sources
Textiles, Technical Practice, and Power in the Andes
Inca Sacred Space: Landscape, Site and Symbol in the Andes
Between Formula and Freestyle: Nicolai Abildgaard and 18th-Century Painting Technique
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

Archetype News

Archetype titles to be published August - December 2014 6th August 2014

The following Archetype titles are due to be published August-December 2014:
Architectural Paint Research: Sharing Information, Sharing Decisions (due August)
Let the Material Talk: Late-medieval technology of Cologne panel painting r (due August)
For Tomorrow: Investigating New Materials in the Works of Alexandru Radvan (due September)
Conserving Context: Relating Object Treatment to Collections and Settings (due September)
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Archetype gift certificates 31st March 2011

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