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Bellendorft, Paul, ed. Quo vadis Konservierungswissenschaften?: Status quo, Herausforderungen und Perspektiven: Tagungsband zur Berliner Konferenz im Juni 2018. Munich: Oekom, 2019. ISBN: 9783962381509. This publication describes the results of a conference in Berlin that explored the future of conservation science in Germany.

Benecchi, Camille, ed. Les collections ethnographiques: traitement et exposition d’objets composites. Tours: ARSET, 2019. ISBN: 9782952252874. This book publishes papers and discussions presented at the 5th conference of the ARSET Meetings of April 21, 2017. The focus of the conference was ethnographic collections, including the treatment and exhibition of composite objects.

Bühl, Gudrun, Sumru Belger Krody, and Elizabeth Dospěl Williams. Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt. Washington, DC: George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 2019. ISBN: 9780874050400. This catalogue highlights major themes explored in the exhibition “Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt (George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, August 31, 2019 to January 5, 2020)” through essays by Gudrun Bühl, director of the Museum für Lackkunst in Germany; Sumru Belger Krody, senior curator of The Textile Museum Collection, and Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, assistant curator of the Byzantine Collection at Dumbarton Oaks. Catalogue entries include close examination of materials and techniques. Open access:

Gaggadis-Robin, Vassiliki, and Nicolas de Larquier, eds. La sculpture et ses remplois: actes de IIes Rencontres autour de la sculpture romaine. Pessac: Ausonius, 2019. ISBN: 9782356133311. This collection of papers addresses two aspects of the study of ancient Roman sculpture: the practice of reusing materials and the recent discovery of major sculptures in Europe and the Mediterranean world. It is the first volume in the series L’atelier sculpteur.

Fuster López, Laura, Maartje Stols-Witlox, and Marcello Picollo. UV-Vis Luminescence Imaging Techniques = Técnicas de Imagen de Luminiscencia UV-Vis. Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València, 2019. ISBN: 9788490488287 (Print on demand). This volume explores the contribution of UV-VIS luminescence/fluorescence (UVL and UVf, respectively) imaging to the investigation of cultural heritage. This is the first volume in the series Conservation 360º. Open access:

Sabbatini, Luigia, and Inez Dorothé van der Werf, eds. Chemical Analysis in Cultural Heritage. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020. ISBN: 9783110456417. This volume presents non-invasive and micro-destructive analytical chemistry techniques for the investigation of cultural heritage. After a general overview on materials used in works of art and archaeological objects, part I discusses the theoretical foundations of the various techniques and methods, based on spectroscopy, chromatography and mass spectrometry, currently used for elemental and molecular identification. Part II reports on selected case studies, with information on ways to investigate paintings, glass objects, ceramics, metals, illuminated manuscripts, and inks, both ancient and modern.

Smibert, Tony. Turner’s Apprentice: A Watercolour Masterclass. New York; London: Thames and Hudson, 2020. ISBN: 9780500294499. The author shares his method of painting in the style of Turner.

van den Berg, Klaas Jan, et al, eds. Conservation of Modern Oil Paintings. Cham: Springer, 2019. ISBN: 9783030192532. This volume contains 46 papers presented at the “Conference of Modern Oil Paints” held in Amsterdam in 2018. The book contains a compilation of articles on oil paints and paintings in the 20th century, partly presenting the outcome of the European JPI project Cleaning of Modern Oil Paints. It is also a follow-up to the book Issues in Contemporary Oil Paint (Springer, 2014).

—Sheila Cummins, Research Associate for Collections Development,
Getty Conservation Institute,

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