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Shelley, Marjorie, "The Care and Handling of Art Objects: Practices in The Metropolitan Museum of Art"

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Shelley, Marjorie, "The Care and Handling of Art Objects: Practices in The Metropolitan Museum of Art"

Shelley, Marjorie, "The Care and Handling of Art Objects: Practices in The Metropolitan Museum of Art"
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art/N.H.Abrams | 1987 | ISBN: 0870993186/0810910403 | English | PDF | 102 pages | 4.9 Mb

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York houses one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of antiquities and works of art. Their preservation is a responsibility that involves everyone who serves the Museum and who has access to the collection. This handbook offers a practical guide to the ways in which different art objects should be handled and cared for, whether they are on display, in transit, or in storage; and it also explains some of the fundamental principles of conservation that underlie Museum practice.

The first part of the book sets out guidelines for dealing with the entire spectrum of works in the Metropolitan Museum: paintings, drawings and prints, textiles, costumes, musical instruments, and three-dimensional objects, whether monumental sculpture or filigree jewelry. In the second part the emphasis is on matters and procedures that affect the collection in general, such as climate controls, light levels, and photography. Included at the end are a selected glossary of conservation terms, a short reading list, and space for the reader's own notes.

Drawing on the professional experience of curators and conservators from many different departments, The Care and Handling of Art Objects has been put together primarily for those who work in the Metropolitan Museum. What it has to say, however, will be of great interest to others—private collectors large and small, museum visitors, and concerned members of the public.
Foreword
Philippe de Montebello

Preface and acknowledgments

Part I

1. Three-Dimensional Objects
Large Objects
Sculpture; Furniture
Small and Medium-Size Objects
Objects Composed of Vulnerable Material
Storage
Accidents
Summary

2. Musical Instruments
Summary

3. Paintings
Paintings on Canvas and Panel
Portrait Miniatures
Summary

4. Works on Paper and Books
Works on Paper
Lighting, Climate, and Fumigation; Handling and Transport; Mounting; Matting and Interleaving; Framing and Glazing; Unframing
Books
Stacking and Shelving
Summary

5. Far Eastern Works of Art on Silk and Paper
Scrolls
Hanging Scrolls; Handscrolls
Folding screens
Summary

6. Textiles
Atmosphere; Illumination; Storage and Handling; Insecticides Transport
Summary

7. Costumes
Lighting, Temperature, and Humidity; Storage; Handling; Transport
Summary

Part II

1. Lighting

2. Relative Humidity and Temperature

3. Photography
General Precautions; Filtering Light; Handling; Lighting; Environment; Photographers under Contract; Visitors to the Museum

4. Environment and the Deterioration of Art Objects

5. Museum Loans
Pre-Loan Checks; Loan Criteria; Conditions of Agreement; Loan Renewals; Couriers

6. Selected Glossary

7. Suggested Reading

Tables
1. Illumination
2. Relative Humidity (RH)
3. Environmental Factors Contributing to the Deterioration of Art Objects


Marjorie Shelley, Conservator of Prints and Drawings, has been at the Museum since 1974. Her area of specialization includes all media on paper and related materials, and she has lectured and written on the conservation, treatment, and analysis of works of art in her field. Ms. Shelley holds an M.A. in art history and a diploma in conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.


Shelley, Marjorie, "The Care and Handling of Art Objects: Practices in The Metropolitan Museum of Art"