The Work of Art – Material and Technology in Sources and Workshop Practice
The variety of traditional sources poses a challenge to accessing practical knowledge in historical workshops. Texts and pictorial representations provide information on the production of materials and art works, but are not always reliable. What was their audience and purpose? Does the source result from hands-on experience, does it simply recapitulate older information or leave out essential details in order to preserve valuable workshop secrets?
From 31 May to 2 June 2017, the international conference “WerkStattWissen – The Work of Art” as part of the SNSF project “New Approaches to Art Technological Resources” sets out to evaluate a wide array of art technological sources. The conference consists of three panels examining historical texts and illustrations with regard to their reception and their application for restoration.
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