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Book Review: Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt: emerging research from the APPEAR project

Cover of “Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt.” Image courtesy of Getty Publications.

Reviewed by Alexandra Taylor

Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt: Emerging Research from the APPEAR Project
Edited by Marie Svoboda and Caroline R. Cartwright
J. P. Getty Museum, Los Angeles
US publication Date: August 25, 2020
UK Publication Date: September 29, 2020
196 pages / 169 colour illustrations / 26 diagrams and tables
Paperback: US $60.00, UK £45.00 / Free in digital formats (online, PDF, E-book)
ISBN: 978-L-60606-654-6

Committee position for FAIC Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation Committee

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation’s (FAIC) Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation Committee is seeking a new committee member. The Committee is funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endowment, and charged with the planning of programs related to photograph conservation and preservation.

Head, Collections Department

GCI is seeking a Head for our Collections Department—one of the three principal programmatic areas at the GCI—which focuses on the conservation of cultural objects and collections housed in all sizes and types of museums, libraries and archives, historic buildings and sites, and other repositories worldwide.

Application deadline: 
30 Apr 2021

Elmgreen & Dragset: The Outsiders Installation and preventive conservation of a contemporary artwork

Detail of the silicone figures during condition check. Elmgreen & Dragset: The Outsiders, 2020. Courtesy of Pace Gallery, New York and König Galerie. Photo: Saara Peisa / EMMA.

By Saara Peisa

An old Mercedes is standing in the back of a car park. You could just pass by, but something draws your attention; perhaps it is the magazine on the dashboard or something inside packed in bubble wrap. You look in and are startled – some guys are sleeping in there! Are they real? I can’t believe it, they look so real! After the initial shock, you start to look for the story. Why are they sleeping in a car? Where are they going?

Photograph Preservation Initiatives Survey

Photographs. Image © Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). Licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/). Image original location: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nedcc/4799270356/in/photolist-8j6vSC-2hMumex-Toqu8X-z8BbiU-Rjfb9H-XuHgDu-r13eKD-pszcAy-7LpikE-25dUfVz-234Aazk-9dRHkw-GYJ68c-KDGQ7s-Wvkugw-Huk7rh-og4tYp-GEBTrF-2juCwqV-HU2God-xDhGRv-8T5Ju9-2351bbx-27zvqrs-23fUkH4-23fUkSx-VP5g9j-PANPKo-GLBQJV-FQqy3y-2jQcx9Y-iR86k8-E3YWPi-FZefTM-rj7X9u-21GLthJ-bcnVUT-6fNC

The Photograph Preservation Initiatives team is collecting information on photograph preservation projects throughout the world to assist us as we write a monograph titled, Significance, Use, and Conservation of Photograph and Image Collections, to be published in the Routledge Series in Conservation and Museology. In these survey questions, we are broadly defining photograph preservation projects to include photograph conservation and rehousing, emergency response, education and outreach, research, and digital image collection initiatives.

The CuTAWAY project: Conservation and wood analysis

Figure 3: µCT image of an oak wood sample conserved with silicon oil (a) and µCT image of an oak wood sample conserved with Kauramin 800 (b).

By Dr. Ingrid Stelzner

Wood is one of the key materials in archaeological research. Besides the shape of the object, the wooden structure provides archaeological information. In our recently started project CuTAWAY (Conservation and wood analyses), computed tomography (CT) is used to analyse the structure of conserved archaeological wood non-destructively. The project aims to analyse the wood anatomy for dendrochronology of finds as well as the evaluation of the most common conservation methods.

Registrations opening soon: IIC-SECC 2021

IIC-SECC Save the Date poster

The IIC is proud to announce that the 6th edition of the Student and Emerging Conservators Conference will follow the steps of our previous editions and take place in its due biennial date in Autumn of 2021.

This year's conference “The Faces of Conservation”, is being organised by a local committee from the NOVA School of Sciences and Technology, in Lisbon, Portugal.

14 Oct 2021 to 16 Oct 2021

Earthquake damage to the cultural heritage of central Croatia

Music School (former synagogue) in Sisak after the Petrinja earthquake on 29 December 2020. Image owned by, and published with permission from, the director of the Sisak Music School, Mr. Tomislav Ivšić.

By Franko Ćorić, PhD
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Art History

In 2020 central Croatia was struck by about a dozen earthquakes around and above magnitude 5 on the Richter scale, and at the time this article was written, there had already been over two thousand aftershocks of smaller or greater intensity.

Call for aid after the recent Croatia earthquakes

Image provided by IIC-Croatian Group President Žana Matulić Bilač

In the catastrophic earthquake that hit the city of Petrinja and its surroundings on December 28 and 29 in 2020, the building of the Faculty of Teacher Education of the University of Zagreb, the location department in Petrinja, was among the severely damaged objects. The library of the Petrinja Teacher Training College was founded in the 1870s and annexed to the Faculty of Teacher Education in 2007. Today, the library has a fund of approximately 28,000 volumes, including 400 protected cultural property items.

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