Conservation · Science · Art History
Facture is a biennial journal that celebrates the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art. Named for "the manner in which things are made," the series explores themes in the materiality and history of art, addressing all aspects of the discipline from conservation treatment and history to technical art history and fundamental scientific research.
Volume 4 examines the complex themes of series, multiples, and replicas. With a broad historical purview that spans from the Renaissance to the 20th century, this publication considers various modes of replication and their motivations. Filled with spectacularly detailed photographs and fresh discoveries, this volume provides exceptional insight into these extraordinary works of art and offers the possibility of exciting new avenues of inquiry. Read more
Volume 3: Degas
Volume 3 is dedicated to the works of Edgar Degas (1834–1917) in honor of the centenary of his death. This volume is the first of the series to focus on the work of a single artist, and it features a wide range of essays that draw on the tremendous wealth of the Gallery’s collection and its collaborative scientific, scholarly, and conservation expertise. Read more
Volume 2: Art in Context
Volume 2 presents great works of art in new contexts. Examining the art of two very different eras—the Italian Renaissance and the 20th century—the essays in this volume share a common approach. They start with meticulous material and analytical study of works of art, then place the findings in a broader historic context, providing new perspectives on well-known works. Read more
The inaugural issue of Facture brings together the recent work of Gallery conservators, scientists, and curators centered on Renaissance painting, sculpture, textiles, and works on paper in the Gallery's collection. Read more