"The Conservation of Decorated Surfacces on Earthen Architecture" by . Rainer

The Conservation of Decorated Surfacces on Earthen Architecture . Rainer

Getty Publications - (Yale)
Paperback / softback
Publication date:
12 Oct 2006
Getty Publishing
220 pages: 286 x 223 x 16mm
27 b&w and 70 colour illustrations

For millennia, people of all cultures have decorated the surfaces of their domestic, religious, and public buildings. Earthen architecture, in particular, has been, and continues to be, a common ground for surface decoration, such as paintings, sculpted bas-relief, and ornamental plasterwork. This volume explores the complex issues associated with preserving these surfaces. Case studies from Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas are presented. The publication is the result of a colloquium held in 2004 at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, co-organized by the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the National Park Service (NPS). The meeting brought together fifty-five conservators, cultural resource managers, materials scientists, engineers, architects, archaeologists, anthropologists, and artists from eleven countries to present recent conservation work and discuss possibilities for future research and collaboration. Divided into four themes - Archaeological Sites, Museum Practice, Historic Buildings, and Living Traditions - the papers examine the conservation of decorated surfaces on earthen architecture within these different contexts. It is part of the "Getty Conservation Institute Symposium Proceedings" series.

Leslie Rainer is a senior project specialist and wall paintings conservator at the GCI. Angelyn Bass Rivera is an architectural conservator with the NPS, Bandelier National Monument.