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THE RESTORATION OF PAINTINGS IN PARIS, 1750-1815: PRACTICE, DISCOURSE, MATERIALITY. Noemie Etienne. Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2017. Distributed by University of Chicago Press. 384 pp. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781606065167 In English.
Due date: January 2017. Publisher's description: The decades following the 1973 publication of Alessandro Conti's Storia del Restauro have seen considerable scholarly interest in the development of restoration in France in the second half of the eighteenth century. A number of technical treatises and biographies of restorers have offered insight into restoration practice. The Restoration of Paintings in Paris, 1750-1815, however, is the first book to situate this work within the broader historical and philosophical contexts of the time. Drawing on previously unpublished primary material from archives in Paris, Berlin, Rome, and Venice, Noemie Etienne combines art history with anthropology and sociology to survey the waning decades of the Ancien Regime and early post-Revolution France. Initial chapters present the diversity of restoration practice, encompassing not only royal institutions and the Louvre museum but also private art dealers, artists, and craftsmen, and examine questions of trade secrecy and the changing role of the restorer. Following chapters address the influence of restoration and exhibition on the aesthetic understanding of paintings as material objects.
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Worldwide Number: 174232
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