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Ms. Kari Rayner, Mellon Fellow in Paintings Conservation, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Laura Reid Nix, Painting Conservator, Professional Associate
Ms. Erin B. Stephenson, Leisher Fellow in Paintings Conservation, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Claire Winfield, Associate Painting Conservator, Saint Louis Art Museum
Ms. Anne Schaffer, FAIC/ Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Paintings Conservation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
- 1 Varnishes and Surface Coatings (1998)
- 2 Stretchers and Strainers
- 3 Inpainting
- 4 Filling
- 5 Paint Layer
- 6 Surface Issues
- 7 Fabric Supports: Structural Damage and Deformation Treatment
- 8 Wood Panel Supports
- 9 Transfers
- 10 Special Problems of Modern Paintings
- 11 Environmental Control
- 12 Other Painting Supports
- 13 Analytical Techniques
- 14 Framing/Backing/Glazing/Mounting
- 15 Documentation
- 16 Wall Paintings
- 17 Treatment Materials
Varnishes and Surface Coatings (1998)
Compiler: Wendy Samet
- I. Factors to Consider when Choosing a Varnish
- II. Traditional Artists' Varnishes
- III. The History of Synthetic Resin Varnishes
- IV. Low Molecular Weight Varnishes
- V. Polymeric Varnishes
- VI. Wax as a Surface Coating
- VII. Additives
- VIII. Equipment
- IX. General Application Techniques
- X. Special Considerations
- Appendix I: Solubility Test Description & Solvents Used in Solubility Tests
- Appendix II: Directory of Vendors
- Appendix III: Cumulative Bibliography
- Appendix IV: Subject Index
Stretchers and Strainers
An original copy [CD] of the 2008 Painting Conservation Catalog, Volume II: Stretchers and Strainers is available for purchase at AIC's Online Store.
Compiler: Barbara A. Buckley
An original copy [CD] of the 2011 Painting Conservation Catalog, Volume III: Inpainting is available for purchase at AIC's Online Store.