Conservation of Featherwork from Central and South America

Book Description

  • This book contains case studies of conservation treatments from students working in UCLA getty
  • Includes over 200 images in full color
The influence of preparatory layers on the stability of oil paintings is a subject that has occupied the minds of many authors of artist's manuals, recipe books and related historical sources. Depending on their location in time and space, artists have had different views on the subject and have selected different materials and techniques to prepare their support for painting.

Preparatory layers influence the texture of a painting, the colour has an impact on tonality of the picture and their absorbency influences painting technique chemistry. They co-determine the ageing and degradation of the painting.
Because of these facts, the technique and materials of preparatory layers are of interest to many. For conservators, information on the layer structure - their composition and the degradation of their materials are particularly important. A good understanding of the intention of the artist and the original appearance of the painting is also necessary, since these influence conservation decisions.

About Pearlstein, Ellen

Conservation of featherwork from Central and South America is edited by Ellen Pearlstein, with an Introduction by Judith Levinson, and case studies presented by Colette Badmagharian, Elizabeth Burr, Lesley Day, Thomas McClintock, William Shelley, and Heather White. The volume editor reviews and updates the philosophical and scientific state of the conservation of feathered cultural heritage, through an exploration of intangible and tangible properties of feathers, and a comprehensive review of relevant scientific and conservation literature. The book includes a template designed to guide collection stewards through the examination and documentation of feathers, and presents six case studies in which examination methods are applied to Central and South American featherwork from the collections of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. The book includes over 200 images in full color.