By Andrea Bayer, Lawrence Becker, Federico Carò, Silvia A. Centeno, Ann Heywood, Lucretia Kargère, Dorothy Mahon, Adriana Rizzo, Xavier F. Salomon, Deborah Schorsch, Donna Strahan, and Mark T. Wypyski
Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology is devoted to exploration of the reciprocal relationship between physical nature and aesthetics in the visual arts. Each volume will publish new, collaborative scholarship by curators, conservators, and scientists engaged in the study of artists’ materials, their aging properties, and the techniques and technologies used in the manufacture of works of art.
This inaugural volume includes a history of early objects conservation practices in The Metropolitan Museum of Art; an analysis of the polychrome decoration on four French Romanesque sculptures; a report on the discovery of both lapis lazuli and azurite used as pigments in ancient Egypt; an evaluation of a group of paintings by Paolo Veronese; a compositional study of medieval Islamic enameled glass; and two related investigations into the casting methods and materials of early Chinese bronze Buddhist sculpture. Collectively, these studies give emphasis to the invaluable role of technical findings in establishing authenticity and attribution, and demonstrate how technological style is fundamental to visual expression. The articles are generously illustrated with color reproductions, including numerous details, as well as X- ray radiographs, photo- and SEM micrographs, and previously unpublished archival photographs.
164 pages, 175 illustrations (115 full- color plates). 9'' x 10 7/8''. Paper.