Condition: The Ageing of Art

Paperback, 242 x 168 mm 264 pages, 140 colour illus.
PRICE: £30.00
ISBN: 978 1 907372 79 7

 

Anyone writing about a work of art needs to establish at the outset how much it has changed since it was first made. This simple, informative and practical book, full of fascinating and revelatory photography, will take the reader through both the techniques and media of art and the techniques and media of its investigation and restoration. Read more


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