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Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology, Volume 2

Various authors
204 pages
220 illustrations
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Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology focuses on the reciprocal relationship between physical nature and aesthetics in the visual arts. Essays by conservators and conservation scientists present new research on the materials and technologies used in the manufacture, dating, attribution, conservation, and exhibition of works of art.

This volume features an in-depth study of changing methodologies in the examination and treatment of medieval polychrome wood sculpture and ways in which they reflect broader trends in collecting and displaying these works in American museums. Two other full-length articles establish the provenience of limestone and sandstone used in Chinese and Cambodian religious foundations, respectively, through the microscopic examination of prepared thin sections that reveal their mineral components. Another article describes the results of radiographic, compositional, and microscopic examinations that confirm the authenticity of a controversial group of cast copper figures from the mountains of southwestern Lebanon. In the fifth article, the authors investigate a Spanish medieval altarpiece by employing infrared spectrometry and UV fluorescence microscopy to reveal underdrawing and paint stratigraphy that illuminate the processes of its manufacture.

Six research notes describe technical studies of Egyptian hard stone sculpture, silvered Limoges enamels, an eighteenth-century French side table decorated with Japanese export lacquer, a landscape by French Pictorialist photographers, and the Metropolitan Museum's famed Lion Helmet.

Met Art in Publication

Balthasar of the Three Kings from an Adoration Group, Poplar, paint and gilt, German
before 1489
Melchior of the Three Kings from an Adoration Group, Poplar, paint and gilt, German
before 1489
African Magus, one of the Three Kings from an Adoration Group, Maple, paint and gilt, German
before 1489
Figure of a King, Oak, paint, gilt, South Netherlandish
Apostles in Prayer, Oak, South Netherlandish
ca. 1400–1410
Virgin and Child, Limestone with traces of paint, French
ca. 1400–1425
The Visitation, Master Heinrich of Constance  German, Walnut, paint, gilding, rock-crystal cabochons inset in gilt-silver mounts, German
Master Heinrich of Constance
ca. 1310–20
Kneeling Virgin, Paolo Aquilano   (Sculptor of the Berlin Enthroned Virgin?) Italian, Willow with paint and gilding, Italian
Paolo Aquilano
ca. 1475–1500
Nativity (five figures forming a presepio), Antonio Rossellino  Italian, Painted terracotta, Italian, Florence
Antonio Rossellino
15th century
Sculpture of Angel with Rebec, Limewood (possibly), South German
20th century
Sculpture of Angel with Lute, Limewood (possibly), South German
20th century
Angel, Wood, paint, French
late 13th century
Saint Frederick, Fruitwood, paint, North French
second half of 15th century
Lintel with Anthropomorphic Dragon in Foliage, Sandstone, Central Cambodia
mid-7th century
Lintel with Carved Figures, Stone, Cambodia
ca. 921–945
Lintel with Shiva on Nandi, Stone, Cambodia
11th century
Lintel with a Mask of Kala, Stone, Cambodia or Thailand
ca. first quarter of the 11th century
Saint Anne with the Virgin and Child, Oil and gold on wood (pine?), Spanish
1473 or 1483
Standing warrior, Copper
ca. late 3rd millennium BCE
Christ Delivered to the People, Suzanne de Court  French, Painted enamel on copper, partly gilded and silvered, French, Limoges
Suzanne de Court
late 16th–early 17th century
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