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Examination and Conservation of Wall Paintings: A Manual

O.P. Agrawal (Author) Rashmi Pathak (Author)
Synopsis The book is a comprehensive guide-book for the wall-painting conservator. There are two main parts in the book. Part 1 - describes the materials and techniques of wall paintings, different types of defects and damages which occur in them and their causes. It then goes on to describe the various examination techniques as applicable to conservation. Part 2 - gives step by step description of conservation procedures, like documentation, strengthening and consolidation of plaster and paint, cleaning, air-pocket filling, crack filling, dealing with micro-organisms, stain removal and many other techniques. There is a chapter on Retouching or Reintegration of colours which discusses and analyzes their philosophical as well as practical details. There also is a full chapter on the techniques of transfer of wall-paintings from one place to the other. Each chapter gives, wherever appropriate, case studies of conservation of wall-paintings with which the authors have been involved. Various techniques of analysis of plasters and pigments are mentioned in Appendices. There also is a detailed Glossary of technical terms.
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About the authors

O.P. Agrawal

O.P. Agrawal, Founder and Former Director of the National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property and at present Director General of the INTACH Indian Council of Conservation Institutes is considered to be the foremost international authority in the field of conservation of cultural heritage of Asia. During his long career of almost 50 years, he has been intimately connected with numerous national and international professional organizations. Activities of O.P. Agrawal have been multi faceted and in him, one can find an amalgam of a creator, a visionary, a scientist, a writer, a researcher, a trainer, a conservator and a museologist. He is the president of the International Council of Bio-deterioration of Cultural Property; is the former President of the India Association of the Study of Conservation of Cultural Property and was also the president of the Museums Association of India. He acted as the Vice-President of the ICCROM Council, Rome for several years. He has often been invited to go abroad as a Consultant on behalf of UNESCO, ICOM and ICCROM. He has authored or edited about 35 books and contributed more than 200 articles. He is the recipient of the International Award "Personality of Conservation" - 1990 from Brazil and ICCROM Award - 1993. Kanpur University conferred upon him D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) in 1994.

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Rashmi Pathak

Dr. Rashmi Pathak, presently working at National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property, Govt. of India, has carried outexhaustive scientific studies on several Indian Wall Painting sites viz.Rajasthan, Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Goa etc. and Ph.D. was awarded for her work on Rajasthani Wall Paintings in 1993. Dr. Rashmi Pathak is a recipient of UNESCO Fellowship 1992 to carry out her Studies at ICCROM, Rome. She was awarded a Nehru Fellowship in 1994 for her Post-doctoral Studies at University of London.

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Bibliographic information

Title Examination and Conservation of Wall Paintings: A Manual
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175740973
length viii+245p., Appendix; Plates; Index; 26cm.