Journal Article

Naples and the birth of a tradition of conservation

Paola D'Alconzo

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 19, issue 2, pages 203-214
Published in print November 2007 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhm027
Naples and the birth of a tradition of conservation

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The exciting discovery of ancient Herculaneum and Pompeii brought to light problems of conservation that had never before been faced on such a large scale, and, in the case of paintings, the need to invent methods of intervention in an area of restoration that was almost without precedent. The decision to detach the wall paintings from their original contexts, thus transforming them into suitable pictures for the royal collections; the search for a form of protection that would preserve the original colours; the unprecedented choice of not integrating the lacunae; the attention to faithfulness of graphic reproduction: these elements characterized the birth and the strengthening of a tradition of conservation that was marked by unexpected intuitions, ingenuities and some manifest contradictions.

Journal Article.  9102 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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