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Authenticity, Restoration, Forgery

By David A. Scott

Paperback, 516 pages £46.00
Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781938770081
Format: 260mm x 185mm
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Subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art & Art History, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, History

This book presents a detailed account of authenticity in the visual arts from the Palaeolithic to the postmodern. The restoration of works of art can alter the perception of authenticity, and may result in the creation of fakes and forgeries. These interactions set the stage for the subject of this book, which initially examines the conservation perspective, then continues with a detailed discussion of notions of authenticity, and the philosophical background.

There is a disputed territory between those who view the present-day cult of authenticity as fundamentally flawed, and those who have analysed its impact upon different cultural milieus, operating across performative, contested, and fragmented ground. Case studies that explore the ideas of conceptual, aesthetic, and material authenticity provide a informative discourse about art from the ancient to the contemporary, illuminating concerns relating to restoration and art forgery.

117 b&w illustrations.

1 Authenticity and Conservation: An Introduction
2 The Cult of Authenticity
3 Authenticity, Monuments, and the International Charters
4 Different Approaches to Authenticity
5 The Ancient Old World
6 The Ethnographic and the Authentic
7 Considerations of Medieval Authenticity
8 The European Renaissance and Beyond
9 From the Baroque to the Early Twentieth Century
10 The Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary
11 Some Final Thoughts and Reflections
Glossary of Terms

David A. Scott has published over 130 papers and eight books. He previously lectured at University College in London and was the head of the Museum Research Laboratory at the Getty Villa Museum for over seventeen years. He is a professor in the Department of Art History at UCLA, and he is the founding director of the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation.

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Publication Details:

 Paperback , 516 pages
 260mm x 185mm
117 b&w illustrations

BIC Code:
  ART015000, ART028000
 Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press


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