INTACH lectures:
Reversibility in book and paper conservation

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  • Event: INTACH lectures (#52).
  • Organization: INTACH, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.
  • Lecture: Reversibility in book and paper conservation.
    It is in fact a revisiting of the same lecture given at the Cores Symposium, organized by Syntrawest, Vlaanderen Departement Cultuur, Jeugd en media
  • Abstract:
    Is reversibility a guarantee for good conservation?
    Should it be our main goal, as conservators?
    A discussion of this controversial issue seen form several points of view:
    – Physical phenomenon (solubility, and others).
    – Theoretical point of view (revert along time).
    – Linguistics (is it the right word?).
    A few examples will illustrate to what extent can we apply these theoretical aspects in the conservation practice, seeking to get a final conclusion that replies to the first given questions.
  • Venue: Live online. at INTACH Conservation Institute YouTube channel.
  • Fee: Free. To register and to receive the link for the talks, please send us an e-mail with details of the organization or institution you are affiliated to and your designation (regsitration CLOSED).
  • Audience: Paper conservators, curators, historians, librarians, archivists.
  • Language: English.
  • Date: October 19th, 2020. 17:00 IST, 13:30 CEST (12:30 BST, London Summer TIme).
  • Other linksdownload the lecture notes here and paper pre-prints.

Subtitles available in ENGLISH, SPANISH and CATALAN.  Access the chapters/bookmarks on the YouTube channel:

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 03:52 – Reversibility in conservation.
    Is reversibility a guarantee for good conservation? Should it be our main goal, as conservators? A discussion of this controversial issue seen form several points of view:
  • 04:56 – Reversibility in thermodynamics Physical phenomenon (solubility, and others).
  • 07:16 – Theoretical point of view (revert along time).
    • 07:54 – Example: Pounce on manuscript.
    • 09:02 – Example: Varnish on impregnated tracing paper.
    • 10:46 – Example: Cleaning patina or not.
    • 11:52 – Example: Rothko painting with scribble.
    • 14:00 – Example: iron gall-inks on manuscript.
    • 17:08 – Example: Old repairs conservation on 17th c. manuscript. 22:14 – Linguistics (is it the right word?).
  • 23:18 – The right conservation treatment (and reversibility) A few examples will illustrate to what extent can we apply these theoretical aspects in conservation practice, seeking to get a final conclusion that replies to the first given questions.
    • 25:39 – Case #1: Varnished binding (Dioscorides Anazarbus 1555).
    • 29:08 – Case #2: Book with(out) “purple cancer” (Dioscorides by Mathioli).
    • 31:02 – Case #3: “Anatomia Humana Corporis” by Bidloo.
  • 36:25 – Table of reversibilty according to types of treatments.
  • 39:13 – Conclusion: reversibility guarantees “appropiate conservation”?
  • 42:50 – Questions (introduced by Padma Rohilla)

Reversibility in Book and Paper Conservation