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Enhanced by the color illustrated, oversized format of the Nature and Science Library, this is a tantalizing introduction to a complex field -- the application of modern science to the curator's art. Mills' surveys of traditional and innovative museums add little to the knowledge of anyone with a casual acquaintance with the subject, but his introduction to contemporary techniques for dating and authenticating works of art contains fairly precise descriptions of the methods available -- including the use of chemical analysis, X-rays, electron beams, infrared light and thermoluminescence -- while striking triumphs of restoration -- the reconstructed Silver Lyre of Ur, the salvaged ship Vasa, and a de-varnished Titian -- demonstrate some of the more exciting results of such sophisticated methods as electrolytic reduction and the value of knowing exactly the processes and materials employed by artists of the past. Mills' chapter on forgery, which covers the famous Van Meegeren "Vermeers," barely scratches the surface of this fascinating problem though his scathing comments on the shortsightedness of the art establishment arouses the readers' curiosity about other works of widely debated authenticity.

This Hardback is in Very Good condition, Except d/j is pretty tatty, corners lightly bumped, Printed 1973, 160 pages, 20cms x 28cms tall.

MY BOOK QUALITY DESCRIPTIONS:- BRAND NEW ... Never been read. EXCELLENT ... Nearly "As New" with mention of specific faults. VERY GOOD .. May have some defects with the cover or some writings inside. GOOD ... readable but may have browning, sunning, and rust spots. REASONABLE ... A readable book with maybe light damage to spine and cover, EX LIBRARY .. What you see is what you get, with description of faults. At the end of the day, please feel free to ASK about the condition of the book. What may suit a reader may not suit a collector.
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