Author: A S BishtPublisher: Om PublicationsYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 124ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788186867969
Miniature Paintings in India got their inspiration from the Illustrated Manuscripts which were their source initially. These Art works are scattered in various Indian collections and even abroad. These may be in individual possession or possession of various institutes Governmental or nongovernmental. Many Organizations and individuals, therefore, need a comprehensive book to take care of their valuable holdings. This book fulfils this Demand since they would find Solutions for their problems at one place. There are seven chapters which can answer their queries related to conservation of this specialized group of art works. This book would be a guide for all students of conservation, art History and museology and conservation personnel working in various Institutions dealing in Heritage management. The book mainly deals with the practical aspect of conservation of Miniatures and illustrated manuscripts under the guidance of experts in the Beginning till others also get confidence to treat them independently.The readers would be helped by sharing the long experience of the author gained by him during the span of more than five decades of practical and Scientific work. This book, therefore, is expected to Help even those who have been in the profession for some time now and need some more basic information to improve upon their techniques as per latest thinking on the subject. Even though the subject scientific but the author in his usual way to make Things simple and lucid which could be understood even by non scientific personnel as his approach is of application of Science and not of pure science which other readers having scientific attitude in life would benifit from.
Preface1. Introduction :i. Traditionii. History of Miniaturesiii. Survey of Traditional Living Artists2. Materials and Techniques of Miniatures :i. Use of Goldii. Scientific Studyiii. Varieties of Paperiv. Chemical Requirementsv. Physical Requirementsvi. Aging Testvii. Iron Gall Ink3. Deterioration :i. Defects in the Support :a. Problem of Foxingb. Acid Deterioration of Paperc. All around Decay due to Acidityd. Oxidation of Cellulosee. Enzyme Degradationf. Mechanical Damageii. Defects in the Ground Layeriii. Defects in the Paint4. Examination and Documentation5. Conservation :i. Miniature Conservation in India-Overviewii. Facilities for Conservationiii. Preservative Coatingsiv. Neutralization of Acidityv. Removal of old Repairsvi. Removal of Stainsvii. Treatment against Biodeteriorationviii. Consolidation of Support :a. Full Liningb. Strip Liningix. Retouchingx. Keeping in Mountsxi. Prevention form Acid Attack6. Preventive Conservation :i. Collective Approachii. Some Unsolved Problems :a. Problems of Deacidficationb. Reversibilityc. Problem of Written Textd. Identification of Miniatures and Painted Artifactse. Problem of Biodeteriorationiii. Monitoring the Health of Artifacts Paintediv. Research in Conservation Practicesv. Treatment Procedurevi. Dating of Miniaturesvii. Possible Dating of Miniatures through Computerviii. Conclusions7. Case Studies :i. Jaipur School Paintingii. Indian Illustrated Manuscript Leafiii. Miniatures in Dangeriv. Saha Namah-A Persian Manuscriptv. Conservation of Drawings on Parchmentvi. Problem of an Important CollectionBibliography Index