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Finding out about your work of art: A bibliography of sources in the Clark library: Paintings

Théodore Géricault, Dervish in His Stall

Théodore Géricault.  Dervish in his stall, 1820.  Oil on paper, mounted on canvas.  Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

Click here for an issue of Conservator journal, which includes an article that describes how Williamstown Art Conservation Center paintings conservator Sandra Webber discovered evidence suggesting that the painting should be attributed not to "School of Géricault" but to Géricault himself.

Care and conservation of paintings

Nicolaus, Knut.  The Restauration of Paintings.  Cologne:  Könemann, 1998.

“This book is not an instruction manual for the interested layman; rather, it is intended to show how complicated and sensitive conservation and restoration work on paintings really is.”  Chapters on wooden supports, textile supports, the paint layer, varnish.  Lavishly illustrated.  An interesting and informative guide to the art of conservation.

Stacks  N9223 N5h E


Stout, George L.  The Care of Pictures.  New York:  Dover Publications, 1975.

“Addressed not to the person who practices conservation as a profession but rather to the person who….is responsible for the safe keeping of pictures.”  Includes chapters on surface blemishes, defects in paint or drawing, weakness and damage of the ground, flaws in the support, and how to house, handle, and move pictures.

Stacks  N9223 S86 1975


Time-lapse restoration of a painting