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50% discount: Burlington feature on Helmut Ruhemann, groundbreaking paintings restorer

The Art of Conservation VI: Helmut Ruhemann, paintings restorer in Berlin and London​

Admirable, groundbreaking and controversial in equal measures, paintings restorer Helmut Ruhemann (1891-1973) inspired better practice among private and institutional restorers during the early-20th century and some of his techniques are still in use today. 

Morwenna Blewett’s article in this month’s The Burlington Magazine surveys Ruhemann’s career from his beginnings as an artist-restorer in Germany to his pivotal role as consultant restorer in the National Gallery cleaning controversies during the 1940-60s.

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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 Ian McClure ACR David Bomford, Ann Massing, Joyce Hill Stoner, Jan Piet Filedt Kok, and Zahira Véliz Bomford, many of whom will also be contributing to the series. 

Read more about the August issue.

Image: Helmut Ruhemann teaching in Guatemala in 1956; Ruhemann Papers, Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge


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