Altered States: Conservation, Analysis, and the Interpretation of Works of Art, 1994

Wendy M. Watson
With essays by David Carrier, James Martin, and Wendy M. Watson

This ground-breaking catalogue explores the ways technology can enable the art historian to understand more fully the circumstances of a work's creation and the transformations caused by inherent physical properties, aging, or outside forces.  Also addressed are questions of artistic technique and authenticity, the ethical concerns posed by conservation treatment, and recent advances in the field of conservation science, such as the use of computer imaging, isotopic analysis of sculptural media, and the development of new materials for the cleaning and preservation of objects.

176 pages