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50% discount: Burlington feature on 19th century Italian conservators

The Art of Conservation VIII: From Guizzardi to Cavenaghi: 19th century Italian conservators

In the early 1800s, the Bolognese painter Giuseppe Guizzardi (1779-1861) thought nothing of removing old varnish by setting fire to a painting’s surface, or of cutting panels into pieces and giving the figures new attributes as a part of his unscrupulous restoration methods.

Gradually, over time, it was understood that the age of a painting was part of its history and, by the end of the century, restorer Luigi Cavenaghi (1844-1918) wrote that restoration must be “thought about at great length, done as little as possible and meticulously hidden”.

The latest article in The Burlington Magazine’s The Art of Conservation series surveys the development in Italian conservation and restoration techniques over the 19th century. Find out more in their December 2016 issue.

Icon members can receive a 50% discount on all PDF articles (RRP £15), including every article in The Art of Conservation series, by using the discount code PDF50A at checkout on The Burlington Magazine’s website. This offer ends on 31st December 2016, after which Icon members can still receive a 50% discount on the conservation series articles by placing their order via

The Art of Conservation, published on a bimonthly basis, covers the history of conservation from the 17th century to the present day. The themes of the articles have been selected by a committee of practising conservators and historians of conservation, including David Bomford, Ann Massing, Joyce Hill Stoner, Jan Piet Filedt Kok, Zahira Véliz Bomford, and Ian McClure, many of whom will also be contributing to the series.

Image: A young woman saved from falling into a well. Lombard school, late 15th century. The first strappo of a mural painting by Giovanni Secco Suardo, c.1855; Fondazio Secco Suardo, Lurano, Bergamo


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