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A Treatise on Gilding
Through the works of two of the finest intellects from the mediaeval era, Jalaluddin Rumi (1207–73) and Muhyiddin ibn al-‘Arabi (1165-1240), a conservator comes to understand the changes he has to make in facing himself so that he is able to restore a 14th-century Sienese renaissance masterpiece of The Annunciation… one that is not what it seems. Does the restorer restore? Or, does the restoration restore the restorer? Tales of selflessness and heroism from Peru to Constantinople drift through the refined settings of an enigmatic country house while the conservator works on. Then an unexpected and astonishing configuration begins to reveal itself, throwing all those present into awed perplexity. (From the publisher’s blurb)
John Brass specialises in the conservation and restoration of water and oil gilding. His workshop is in Oxford.
“When it came, with its beautiful cover, a note to John Brass to acknowledge its arrival expressed surprise at finding that it is a 400-page novel. When there is pleasure, reading becomes easier. As the book progresses, from the point of view of its language and style, as the meticulousness with which the author engages with the craft of writing relaxes, reading becomes enjoyable. It is a book that is worth perseverance for these and yet more reasons.” – Charles Verey
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