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    Recovering from destruction: the conservation, reintegration and perceptual analysis of a flood-damaged painting by John Martin

    Maisey, S. and Smithen, P. and Vilaro Soler, A. and Smith, Tim J. (2011) Recovering from destruction: the conservation, reintegration and perceptual analysis of a flood-damaged painting by John Martin. In: ICOM-CC 2011 16th Triennial Conference, 19-23 Sep 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.

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    Abstract

    This paper describes treatment issues surrounding John Martin’s epic Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum (1821). The painting experienced such extensive structural damage following the 1928 Thames flood that it was considered destroyed. Despite major water damage affecting all layers of the painting and the loss of approximately one-fifth of the canvas, recent examination revealed the work to be in restorable condition. However, the extreme nature of the damages necessitates special ethical and technical considerations with regard to treatment, especially for the reintegration of the large missing portion. A consideration of viewer perception of the digitally simulated options for reintegration and their influence on viewer gaze behaviour, monitored via novel eye-tracking methods, was used to inform the treatment process.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: ISBN: 9789899752207
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Brandi, eye-tracking, flood, John Martin, lacunae, painting, perception, reintegration
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIMI), Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 08:50
    Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 09:43
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6682

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