(EN) (PDF) – Descriptive Terminology for Works of Art on Paper | Philadelphia Museum of Art


Guidelines for the accurate and consistent description of the materials and techniques of drawings, prints, and collages

BY NANCY ASH, SCOTT HOMOLKA, AND STEPHANIE LUSSIER WITH REBECCA POLLAK AND ELIZA SPAULDING EDITED BY RENÉE WOLCOTT

Descriptive Terminology for Works of Art on Paper is intended to address the need for more accurate and consistent documentation of the materials and techniques used to create works of art on paper. This is challenging work, and to date there has been no detailed guide for handling it. The guidelines presented here are designed to provide conservators, curators, registrars, catalogers and others charged with describing art on paper with a step-by-step approach for describing all aspects of the manufacture of these works. The project was prompted by several recurring problems: 1) how to effectively and consistently describe and communicate the materials used in works of art to other museum professionals and to the public, 2) how to facilitate the recording and subsequent use of materials information in museum collections information systems, and 3) how to refine descriptive language to contribute most effectively to the educational and visual experiences of the museum visitor. While these guidelines are primarily addressed to conservators and curators, they are intended to assist all professionals working in this subject area. One intended result is more accurate, and hence more meaningful, material descriptions through the use of consistent terminology, regardless of who generates and records the information. Conservators, curators, registrars, catalogers, and other users will bring different levels of knowledge and connoisseurship to the task. Therefore, an additional goal is to educate those with less experience, or perhaps with less direct access to the physical works of art, in how to …

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