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Preserving Art through the Ages

  • Pamela B. Vandiver

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Preserving art through the ages is more than placing a designated object in a museum, properly storing and exhibiting it. Preservation involves more than preventing the destruction and looting of sites or the theft of and illicit trade in antiquities. It is more than conservation—that is, the assessment, documentation, and stabilization of an artifact's condition, and, if necessary, the skill and judgment to rescue an artifact, to intervene using a reversible treatment, and to follow with a program of monitoring stability.

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1For an example of Cyril Smith's work, see Smith, C., Annu. Rev. Mater. Sci. 16 (1986) p. 1.
2Brunetta, L., MRS Bull. XI (6) (1986) p. 26; C.M. Stevenson and C. Prior, eds., “Archaeology and Microscopy,” MRS Bull. XIV (3) (1989); P.B. Vandiver and J. Druzik, eds., “Art and Technology,” MRS Bull. XVII (1) (1992); J.W. Mayer and M.W. Ainsworth, eds., “The Science of Art,” MRS Bull. 21 (12) (1996).
3Sayre, E.V., Vandiver, P.B., Druzik, J., and Stevenson, C., eds., Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology (Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 123, Pittsburgh, 1988); P.B. Vandiver, J. Druzik, and G.S. Wheeler, eds., Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology II (Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 185, Pittsburgh, 1991); P.B. Vandiver, J.R. Druzik, G.S. Wheeler, and I.C. Freestone, eds., Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology III (Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 267, Pittsburgh, 1993); P.B. Vandiver, J.R. Druzik, J.L.G. Madrid, I.C. Freestone, and G.S. Wheeler, eds., Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology IV (Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 352, Pittsburgh, 1995); P.B. Vandiver, J.R. Druzik, J.F. Merkel, and J. Stewart, eds., Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology V (Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 462, Pittsburgh, 1997).
4Kleiner, F.S., Mamiya, C.J., and Tansey, R.G., Gardner's Art through the Ages, 11th ed. (Harcourt College Publishers, Ft. Worth, TX, 2001).

Preserving Art through the Ages

  • Pamela B. Vandiver

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