• Art

When Galleries Shake

Earthquake Damage Mitigation for Museum Collections
Author: Jerry Podany
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 160606522X
Category: Art
Page: 284
View: 9719
Earthquakes pose myriad dangers to heritage collections worldwide. This book provides an accessible introduction to these dangers and to the methodologies developed at the Getty and other museums internationally for mitigating seismic vulnerability. Conceived as a primer and reference, this abundantly illustrated volume begins with an engaging overview of explanations for earthquakes from antiquity to the nineteenth century. A series of chapters then addresses our modern understanding of seismic events and approaches for mitigating the damage they cause to heritage collections, covering such subjects as earthquake measurement, hazard analysis, the response of buildings and collections to seismic events, mount making, and risk assessment; short sections by specialists in seismic engineering complement the main text throughout. Readers will find a range of effective seismic mitigation measures, from simple low-cost approaches to complex base-isolation techniques. In bridging the gap between seismologists and seismic engineers, on the one hand, and collections care professionals, on the other, this volume will be of interest to conservators, registrars, designers, mount makers, and others involved in the management and care of collections in museums and other cultural institutions.

    • Architecture

Advances in the Protection of Museum Collections from Earthquake Damage

Papers from a Symposium Held at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Villa on May 3- 4, 2006
Author: Jerry Podany
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892369089
Category: Architecture
Page: 208
View: 7104
For nearly three decades, the J. Paul Getty Museum has played a leading role in the development of seismic mitigation for museum collections. Contributors to this volume--ranging from museum conservators, mount makers, and historical archaeologists to seismologists and structural engineers--discuss and illustrate a wide variety of earthquake-mitigation efforts for collections, from the simple and inexpensive to the complex and costly. The book's essays examine the techniques applied to large collections and to small house museums, to exhibition cases containing objects as well as to monumental works of art and historical structures. Approaches range from securing and restraining objects to decoupling them from the ground through a variety of base-isolation mechanisms. These pioneering efforts have been developed in the face of significant challenges since, as any engineer, conservator, or mount maker who has undertaken this work can attest, a small sculpture can often be a far greater challenge to protect than a multistory building.

    • Art

Ancient Lamps in the J. Paul Getty Museum

Author: Jean Bussière,Birgitta Lindros Wohl
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 1606065130
Category: Art
Page: 510
View: 7342
In the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum are more than six hundred ancient lamps that span the sixth century BCE to the seventh century CE, most from the Roman Imperial period and largely created in Asia Minor or North Africa. These lamps have much to reveal about life, religion, pottery, and trade in the ancient Graeco-Roman world. Most of the Museum’s lamps have never before been published, and this extensive typological catalogue will thus be an invaluable scholarly resource for art historians, archaeologists, and those interested in the ancient world. Reflecting the Getty's commitment to open content, Ancient Lamps in the J. Paul Getty Museum is available online at http://www.getty.edu/publications/ancientlamps and may be downloaded free of charge in multiple formats, including PDF, MOBI/Kindle, and EPUB, and features zoomable images and multiple views of every lamp, an interactive map drawn from the Ancient World Mapping Center, and bibliographic references. For readers who wish to have a bound reference copy, a paperback edition has been made available for sale.

    • Science

Solvent Gels for the Cleaning of Works of Art

The Residue Question
Author: Dusan Stulik
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892367597
Category: Science
Page: 162
View: 7774
The cleaning of a work of art often involves removing not only dirt and grime but also unwanted layers of varnish, gilding, and paint from the work's surface. The challenge for conservators lies in finding a cleaning agent that will act on one layer without affecting the layer being preserved and without leaving any harmful residues on the cleaned work. This book, which examines gel cleaning in the treatment of paintings and painted works of art, presents the methodologies, data, and results of a collaborative project of the Getty Conservation Institute and Winterthur Museum. Among the issues covered are the theory and application of gel cleaning systems, the detection of residues left on the surfaces of objects cleaned with these systems, research into solvent-gel and solvent residues, stability of surfactants during natural and artificial aging, and recommendations for formulating gels for specific cleaning tasks.

    • Art

Between Two Earthquakes

Cultural Property in Seismic Zones
Author: Sir Bernard M. Feilden
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 089236128X
Category: Art
Page: 108
View: 7222
This handbook addresses three areas of concern for the museum administrator concerning the protection of historic buildings, monuments, and archaeological sites located in seismic areas. It proposes pre-disaster measures such as taking accurate and complete documentation (photogrammetry is discussed in one of the 13 appendixes), risk awareness, planning, maintenance and inspections, etc. Second, when an earthquake strikes, the immediate emergency steps necessary to protect life and property are indicated; and after the earthquake, the strengthening of valuable cultural property (based on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, also in an appendix) should be included in the general program of prevention maintenance along with the repairs discussed in detail applicable to each architectural element, and to the site as a whole.

    • Business & Economics

Protecting Historic Architecture and Museum Collections from Natural Disasters

Author: Barclay G. Jones
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1483278271
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 572
View: 336
Protecting Historic Architecture and Museum Collections from Natural Disasters serves as a useful guide for professionals engaged in the preservation of cultural heritage, whether structures or artifacts. This book discusses how to prevent losses to the cultural heritage of structures and artifacts through more knowledgeable protection, prevention, and emergency response. Organized into six sections encompassing 26 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the mechanisms for preserving and protecting the heritage. This text then examines the threats of destruction by the natural elements such as decay, air pollution, subsidence, and other forms of attrition. Other chapters consider the social functional and economic values of the buildings and museum objects. This book discusses as well the natural disaster policies within a society. The final chapter deals with the enlistment of the private sector in dealing with catastrophes rising out of fire, earthquake, flood, and other natural disasters. This book is a valuable resource for conservation specialists, archivists, private collectors, dealers, curators, and librarians.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

1 to 10 and Back Again

A Getty Museum Counting Book
Author: J. Paul Getty Museum
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892365258
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 52
View: 375
A counting book based on French furniture from the Getty Museum.

Proceedings of the Getty Seismic Adobe Project 2006 Colloquium

Author: Mary Hardy,Claudia Cancino,Gail Ostergren
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780982766859
Page: N.A
View: 9253
During this three-day colloquium, presented by the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), a group of professionals with expertise in earthen conservation, materials science, construction, building standards, and earthquake engineering gathered to discuss the current state of knowledge and the challenges of preserving our earthen cultural heritage in active seismic zones. This publication contains a selection of papers presented at the colloquium, as well as several later submissions by participants. For more information on the Getty Conservation Institute's work with earthen architecture, visit the Earthen Architecture Initiative Web site at www.getty.edu/conservation/field_projects/earthen/.

    • Business & Economics

Challenge and Transformation

Museums in Cape Town and Sydney
Author: Katherine J. Goodnow,Jack Lohman,Jatti Bredekamp
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9789232028167
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 221
View: 3224
Combining the perspectives of 18 international scholars from Europe and the United States with a critical discussion of the role of culture in international relations, this volume introduces recent trends in the study of Culture and International History. It systematically explores the cultural dimension of international history, mapping existing approaches and conceptual lenses for the study of cultural factors and thus hopes to sharpen the awareness for the cultural approach to international history among both American and non-American scholars. The first part provides a methodological introduction, explores the cultural underpinnings of foreign policy, and the role of culture in international affairs by reviewing the historiography and examining the meaning of the word culture in the context of foreign relations. In the second part, contributors analyze culture as a tool of foreign policy. They demonstrate how culture was instrumentalized for diplomatic goals and purposes in different historical periods and world regions. The essays in the third part expand the state-centered view and retrace informal cultural relations among nations and peoples. This exploration of non-state cultural interaction focuses on the role of science, art, religion, and tourism. The fourth part collects the findings and arguments of part one, two, and three to define a roadmap for further scholarly inquiry. A group of" commentators" survey the preceding essays, place them into a larger research context, and address the question "Where do we go from here?" The last and fifth part presents a selection of primary sources along with individual comments highlighting a new genre of resources scholars interested in culture and international relations can consult.

    • Art

Building an Emergency Plan

A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions
Author: N.A
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 089236551X
Category: Art
Page: 280
View: 1110
Building an Emergency Plan provides a step-by-step guide that a cultural institution can follow to develop its own emergency preparedness and response strategy. This workbook is divided into three parts that address the three groups generally responsible for developing and implementing emergency procedures—institution directors, emergency preparedness managers, and departmental team leaders—and discuss the role each should play in devising and maintaining an effective emergency plan. Several chapters detail the practical aspects of communication, training, and forming teams to handle the safety of staff and visitors, collections, buildings, and records. Emergencies covered include natural events such as earthquakes or floods, as well as human-caused emergencies, such as fires that occur during renovation. Examples from the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, the Museo de Arte Popular Americano in Chile, the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, and the Seattle Art Museum show how cultural institutions have prepared for emergencies relevant to their sites, collections, and regions.

    • Art

A Garden of Roman Verse

Author: Getty J Paul Trust Publication
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892365272
Category: Art
Page: 77
View: 9443
The glorious poetry of Rome has endured for more than two thousand years. For most of that time, it was read only in the original Latin, but over the centuries celebrated writers, from John Dryden to Aubrey Beardsley to Ezra Pound, have been inspired to create translations that reflect their own ages, while retaining the vibrancy of the originals A Garden of Roman Verse presents work by four of Rome's finest poets: Catullus, Horace, Ovid, and Virgil. Each poem appears in the original Latin and in English translation, and is illustrated with a detail from Roman paintings or mosaics. The subtle colors and haunting quality of the illustrations evoke the spirit of the age in which this enchanting poetry was written. The combination of the poetry and illustrations, accompanied by notes on each poet and on Pompeii and Herculaneum--where some of the finest examples of Roman paintings were preserved--make this volume a perfect introduction to the towering civilization of Rome.

    • Antiques & Collectibles

Copper and Bronze in Art

Corrosion, Colorants, Conservation
Author: David A. Scott,Getty Conservation Institute
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892366385
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 515
View: 2841
Pigments, corrosion products, and minerals are usually considered separately, either as painting materials or as the deterioration products of metals, even though they are often the same compounds. This 190-year review of the literature on copper and its alloys integrates that information across a broad spectrum of interests that are all too frequently compartmentalized. The author discusses the various environmental conditions to which copper alloy objects may be exposed-including burial, outdoor, and indoor museum environments-and the methods used to conserve them. The book also includes information on ancient and historical technologies, the nature of patina as it pertains to copper and bronze, and the use of copper corrosion materials as pigments. Chapters are organized primarily by chemical corrosion products and include topics such as early technologies, copper chlorides and bronze disease, the chemistry and history of turquoise, Egyptian blue and other synthetic copper silicates, the organic salts of copper in bronze corrosion, and aspects of bronze patinas. A detailed survey of conservation treatments for bronze objects is also provided. Four appendixes cover copper and bronze chemistry, replication experiments for early pigment recipes, a list of copper minerals and corrosion products, and X-ray diffraction studies.

    • Architecture

Seismic Design for Architects

Author: Andrew Charleson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113636692X
Category: Architecture
Page: 296
View: 8234
Seismic Design for Architects shows how structural requirements for seismic resistance can become an integral part of the design process. Structural integrity does not have to be at the expense of innovative, high standard design in seismically active zones. * By emphasizing design and discussing key concepts with accompanying visual material, architects are given the background knowledge and practical tools needed to deal with aspects of seismic design at all stages of the design process * Seismic codes from several continents are drawn upon to give a global context of seismic design * Extensively illustrated with diagrams and photographs * A non-mathematical approach focuses upon the principles and practice of seismic resistant design to enable readers to grasp the concepts and then readily apply them to their building designs Seismic Design for Architects is a comprehensive, practical reference work and text book for students of architecture, building science, architectural and civil engineering, and professional architects and structural engineers.

    • Art

Changing Views of Textile Conservation

Author: Mary M. Brooks,Dinah Eastop
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 1606060481
Category: Art
Page: 658
View: 6488
"Recognizing conservation as a dynamic social force, the eighty-one readings in this volume draw attention to the cultural significance of textiles and dress, illustrating the intellectual foundations as well as important changes in conservation practice." -- Back cover.

    • Art

Keep It Moving?

Conserving Kinetic Art
Author: Rachel Rivenc,Reinhard Bek
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 1606065378
Category: Art
Page: 208
View: 2841
Kinetic art not only includes movement but often depends on it to produce an intended effect and therefore fully realize its nature as art. It can take a multiplicity of forms and include a wide range of motion, from motorized and electrically driven movement to motion as the result of wind, light, or other sources of energy. Kinetic art emerged throughout the twentieth century and had its major developments in the 1950s and 1960s. Professionals responsible for conserving contemporary art are in the midst of rethinking the concept of authenticity and solving the dichotomy often felt between original materials and functionality of the work of art. The contrast is especially acute with kinetic art when a compromise between the two often seems impossible. Also to be considered are issues of technological obsolescence and the fact that an artist’s chosen technology often carries with it strong sociological and historical information and meanings. www.getty.edu/publications/keepitmoving

    • Art

Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology

Author: Silvia Centeno,Nora Kennedy,M. T. Wypyski,Marijn Manuels,Deborah Schorsch,Richard E. Stone,Zhixin Sun
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
ISBN: 0300204396
Category: Art
Page: 204
View: 9644
This second volume of Studies in Art, Science, and Technology unites studies by scientists, curators, and conservators, all of which are published here for the first time. Essays and technical notes address a variety of themes, such as connections between technology and aesthetics, aging processes of artworks, attribution and dating issues, and conservation theory. Specific examples from throughout art history add context and help promote deeper understanding. A wide range of objects are discussed in the texts, including medieval sculptures, Baroque musical instruments, Egyptian stone works, photographs, enamels, and paintings. The refined analyses of these works will prove relevant and enlightening to an interdisciplinary professional audience.

    • Greek poetry

A Garden of Greek Verse

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780711213166
Category: Greek poetry
Page: 80
View: 8778
In this anthology of Greek verse, poets from Homer and Sappho to Sophocles and Euripides provide a glimpse of the lost world of Ancient Greece. The original Greek verse is accompanied by the translations of celebrated writers such as Alexander Pope, W.B. Yeats and Oscar Wilde. Evocative frescoes and vase paintings from sites closely linked with Greek myth and history illustrate each page. Brief biographical information about each of the Greek poets, as well as a note on the art, complete the book.

    • Art

Effects of Light on Materials in Collections

Data on Photoflash and Related Sources
Author: Terry T. Schaeffer
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 0892366451
Category: Art
Page: 220
View: 2109
The impact of light on works of art and archival materials has long been an issue of concern to conservators and other museum professionals, yet the literature on this subject has never been systematically reviewed. This volume fills that gap by providing a survey of the impact of exposure to light with an emphasis on photoflash and reprographic sources. The information provided will assist the professional audience, especially conservators and collections managers, in assessing the risk to art and archival objects of such exposures. The text surveys relevant photophysical and photochemical principles, photometric and radiometric measurement, and the spectral outputs of several light sources. Materials discussed include colorants and natural fibers; pulp, paper, and wood; natural and synthetic polymers; fluorescent whitening agents; photographic and reprographic materials; and objects containing combinations of materials. Approximations and assumptions used in the evaluation process are discussed in some detail, with examples of the different types of calculations. The Research in Conservation reference series presents the findings of research conducted by the Getty Conservation Institute and its individual and institutional research partners, as well as state-of-the-art reviews of conservation literature. Each volume covers a topic of current interest to conservators and conservation scientists.

    • Art

The Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings

Proceedings of a Symposium at the J. Paul Getty Museum, 24–28 April 1995
Author: Kathleen Dardes,Andrea Rothe
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 0892363843
Category: Art
Page: 588
View: 8449
This volume presents the proceedings of an international symposium organized by the Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The first conference of its kind in twenty years, the symposium assembled an international group of conservators of painted panels, and gave them the opportunity to discuss their philosophies and share their work methods. Illustrated in color throughout, this volume presents thirty-one papers grouped into four topic areas: Wood Science and Technology, History of Panel-Manufacturing Techniques, History of the Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings, and Current Approaches to the Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings.