ATSR Publication 2

Art Technology - Sources and Methods

Stefanos Kroustallis, Joyce H. Townsend, Elena Cenalmor Bruquetas, Ad Stijnman and Margarita San Andres Moya (editors)
London: Archetype Publications 2008
ISBN 9781904982296 £37.50 / $75.00 Paperback 196 Pages 72 colour plates

The study of art technology has gained importance in recent decades as a relevant source of information, not only for determining the material history of an art object, but also for contributing to cultural aspects concerning its creation and use: aesthetic, economic, social, religious, etc. Often the results of such investigations are carried out within a narrow discipline and are only made available within it. The success or failure of multidisciplinary approaches depends on the capacity to share information. Specialised researchers on sources relevant to the history, technology and production of art object as a whole can overcome this obstacle. But under what disciplinary aegis?
This volume contains papers in either English or Spanish, with abstracts in both languages, which address these issues through case studies, paying special attention to methodology. Different types of art technological sources and the theory of source research are examined. While there is an emphasis on textual sources, which are the most widely available and relatively easy to understand, an extensive range of subjects is covered:
Hispano-Islamic gilding techniques; mediaeval recipe books and Baroque painting treatises; precolonial and colonial Latin American pigments; industrial archives and patents; realia from the 18th and 19th centuries; audiovisual sources for contemporary art; and the importance as a source of laboratory analysis and reconstructions of historic recipes. All the studies are based on an unambiguous working method and accurate interpretation of results.

Table of contents





Materials for art technological source research: theoretical issues Ad Stijnman

Towards a new discipline? Jo Kirby

Asymptotically approaching the past: historiography and critical uses of sources in art technological source research Mark Clarke

Reading the past: methodological considerations for future research in art technology Stefanos Kroustallis

Las dificultades especificas de la terminología: a propósito de la traducción comentada al alemán de los capítulos sobre las técnicas pictóricas de tres tratados barrocos españoles Corinna Gramatke

Los recetarios medievales de tecnologia artistica Stefanos Kroustallis

Llaves y secretos para el estudio de los materiales del color Gabriela Siracusano

La revista como fuente de información para la tecnolog’a artística: Carlos de Haes y su artículo 'Dibujo al carbon (aplicado al paisaje)' Elena Cenalmor Bruquetas

La obtencion de pigmentos azules paralas obras de Filipe II: comercio europeo y americano Rocío Bruquetas Galán

Patents as a source of documentation for studying artistic technology Margarita San Andrés Moya and Silvia Garcia Fernández-Villa

Nineteenth-century English artists' colourmen's archives as a source of technical information Mark Clarke

Las técnicas de policromía barroca del noroeste de Portugal en los contratos y los tratados pictóricos Carlos Nodal Monar y Ana Calvo Manuel

El retoque a seco: evolución a través de la historia de la pintura mural al fresco José Luis Regidor Ros, Eric Rojas Márquez y Juan Valcárcel Andrés

Seventeenth-century machines for drawing celestial spheres Arie Wallert

La mesa de trabajo de Fortuny Carmina Admella Baulies, Benoít V. de Tapol y Nύria Pedragosa Garcia

The painter's studio as a documentary source: a study of the final decades of Joan Miró Silvia Garcia Fernandez-Villa and Enric Juncosa Darder

Marks engraved on gilded surfaces of paintings on wood: types and methodology Eva Lopez Zamora and Consuelo Dalmau Moliner

New technologies: new protocols Jorge Garcia Gomez-Tejedor

Islamic gilding technology: written sources and scientific analyses Joaquin Barrio Martin

Analyses of dyes in the map collection of the Real Chancilleria of Granada Ana Lopez-Montes, Rosario Blanc Garcia, Teresa Espejo Arias and Jose Luis Vilchez Quero

Analysis of pigments for miniatures Cecilia Ronnerstam

A micro-Raman spectroscopy study of the formation of lead dioxide from lead white Cristina Aibeo, Emilio Mario Castellucci, Mauro Matteini, Barbara Sacchi, Angela Zoppi and Cristiana Lofrumento

Cinnabar or vermilion? Renata Garcia-Moreno and Nicolas Thomas

Identification of pigments in a 17th-century coloured map using micro-Raman spectroscopy and PIXE Nuno Filipe Camarneiro Mendes, Emilio Mario Castellucci, Cristiana Lofrumento, Angela Zoppi, Pier Andrea Mando and Novella Grassi

Sizing layers for oil painting in westem European sources (1500-1900): historical recipes and reconstructions Maartje Stols-Witlox

Reconstruction of tempera painting techniques: some examples, including gesso sottile Renate Woudhuysen-Keller

Characterisation of purified verdigris obtained according to Recipe 101 of the Manoscritto Bolognese Margarita San Andres Moya, Jose Manuel de la Roja, Natalia Sancho Cubino and Sonia Santos Gomez

Reconstruction of documented preparation methods for gesso grosso and gesso sottile in Spanish School panel paintings Sonia Santos Gomez, Margarita San Andres Moya and Alfonso Rodriguez

Cochineal use in pre-Columbian.paintings Renata Garcia-Moreno, Ariadna Cervera and Javier Vazquez

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