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Detail of a French Secrétaire, stamped by Jacques Dubois, about 1755, maple and oak veneered with panels of Chinese lacquer on a ground of Japanese arborvitae and painted with vernis Martin, gilt bronze mounts, brèche d'Alep stone top.  The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

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  Harvesting urushi sap Harvesting raw urushi sap from cuts in the tree bark. Photo: Arlen Heginbotham

Characterization of Asian and European Lacquers

GCI scientists and conservators from the J. Paul Getty Museum are developing a methodology for sampling and analysis of organic components of Asian lacquers and their European imitations that will provide vital information on the composition and condition of the lacquer layers, aiding in the development of appropriate conservation treatments.

Learn more about this research.

  Siqueiros mural groundbreaking ceremony Getty and city officials breaking ground on the protective shelter, viewing platform and interpretive center for América Tropical. Photo: Tracey Rain Strickler

Conservation of América Tropical

The GCI reached an important milestone in its efforts to conserve América Tropical, the only remaining public work in the United States by David Alfaro Siqueiros. In September Getty and Los Angeles city officials broke ground on the protective shelter, viewing platform, and interpretive center for the mural.

Learn more about the conservation of América Tropical.

  Desalination poultice Workshop participant applying a poultice test strip. Photo: Brian Blundell

Poultice Desalination of Porous Building Materials

The bibliography from the Poultice Desalination of Porous Building Materials workshop, is now available online. The workshop was part of the Science Workshop Series: Research into Practice, which aims to disseminate the results of important research to the conservation field.

Access the bibliography online.

Find out more about the Science Workshop Series.

  ARIS course participants Participants in an ARIS course working on frescos in Santa Cecilia, Rome. Photo: Rand Eppich

Conservation Documentation Needs Assessment

The GCI and ICCROM are conducting a needs assessment in the area of documentation, for the ARIS (Architectural Records, Inventories and Information Systems for Conservation) courses. We invite you to participate in helping us determine the needs of conservation professionals in this area and in gauging interest in future documentation courses.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, all responses will remain anonymous.

  Roman Forum A view of the Forum, Rome. Photo: Rand Eppich

International Course on Stone Conservation: Application Deadline Extended

The application deadline for the 17th International Course on Stone Conservation, to be held at ICCROM in Rome, from April 13 to July 1, 2011 , co-organized by ICCROM and the GCI, has been extended until October 14.

Find out more about the course and apply online.


Print-on-Demand Publications

The GCI is pleased to make available a selection of its publications in a print-on-demand format through online vendor These works will also continue to be available as free downloadable online PDF files on the GCI Web site.

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GCI Publications Available in PDF: Recently Added

The Conservation of Archaeological Sites in the Mediterranean Region
An International Conference Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, 6-12 May 1995

This publication contains the proceedings of an international conference on the conservation of classical sites in the Mediterranean region.

Also available in French.

6th International Conference on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture (Adobe 90)

This out-of-print publication of conference preprints examines topics such as history, seismic mitigation, clay chemistry, microstructure, and stabilization and restoration of earthen structures.

Browse all GCI PDF publications.

GCI Image Collections Online at Aluka

The GCI is pleased to announce the availability of 1,000 images related to the GCI's work on the Royal bas-reliefs of Abomey and of earthen architecture in Mali, Morocco, and Egypt through Aluka, a suite of online collections from and about Africa managed, created, and preserved by JSTOR/ITHAKA, an independent nonprofit organization launched by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The GCI contributed images are available for researchers and students to view in Aluka's African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes collection.

View images of the bas-reliefs and earthen architecture.

Newly Acquired Titles

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through your library's interlibrary loan service.

Access this list of titles from the GCI Information Center page.


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