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Guide to the Getty Conservation Institute, Nefertari Project Logbooks, 1989-1992
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative History and Project Background
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Publications
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nefertari Project logbooks
    Date (inclusive): 1989-1992
    Number: IA30008
    Creator/Collector: Getty Conservation Institute
    Physical Description: 0.6 linear feet (2 boxes: 5 volumes)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Institutional Records and Archives
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    archives@getty.edu
    Abstract: The Nefertari Project logbooks (1989-1992) document Phase III of the joint project of the Getty Conservation Institute and the Egyptian Antiquities Organization to conserve the wall paintings in the tomb of Nefertari. The entries in the logbooks were made by various members of the conservation team. The logbooks are comprised of five volumes, which include color photographs of the wall paintings and hand-written notes.
    Request Materials: To access physical materials at the Getty, go to the library catalog record  for this collection and click "Request an Item." Click here for general library access policy . See the Administrative Information section of this finding aid for access restrictions specific to the records described below. Please note, some of the records may be stored off site; advanced notice is required for access to these materials.
    Language: Collection material is in English, Italian, Spanish, and Arabic.

    Administrative History and Project Background

    The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), a part of the J. Paul Getty Trust, was initially planned in 1982 and began full operation in 1985. Since its inception, the GCI has engaged in a program of scientific research, educational activities, documentation, and the dissemination of information through publications, conferences, workshops, and public programs that include research opportunities for professionals and public lectures. In addition, the Institute has conducted international field projects in Asia, Africa, North and South America, and Europe. The GCI's endeavors are designed to serve the needs of the conservation profession by undertaking work that tackles broad practical or theoretical questions of significance to the conservation field. The Institute develops and refines tools for conservation and shares its expertise with institutions and organizations worldwide so that its efforts have the greatest possible benefit to the practice of conservation.
    The Getty Conservation Institute's first field project focused on the 3,200-year-old tomb of Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, near Luxor, Egypt. Beginning in 1986, in collaboration with the Egyptian Antiquities Organization (EAO), a multidisciplinary, international group of experts conducted an intensive six-year campaign, which included condition assessment, analysis, emergency treatment, and conservation of the extraordinary wall paintings in the tomb. The project included training conservators from Egypt and other countries.
    One of the main objectives of the conservation effort was to maintain the site's historical integrity, therefore treatment of the wall paintings was limited to consolidation and cleaning. The diagnostic methodology developed during the project was one that can be applied to wall paintings at other sites.
    The GCI and the J. Paul Getty Museum presented a joint exhibition on the project, which opened to the public on November 12, 1992. This was the first exhibition to chronicle on the GCI's internal conservation campaigns and also the first exhibit on site conservation to be shown at the Getty museum. It also marked the first time the Museum and the GCI collaborated on a Museum show. The purpose of the exhibition was to increase public awareness on in situ conservation and its importance in the preservation of cultural property worldwide.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    The materials in accession 1994.IA.06 are open for use by qualified researchers.
    The following types of records are permanently closed: records containing personal information, records that compromise security or operations, legal communications, legal work product, and records related to donors. The J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Nefertari Project Logbooks, 1989-1992, Getty Conservation Institute. The Getty Research Institute (IA30008).

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The records described in this finding aid originated in accession 1994.IA.01.

    Processing Information note

    Finding aid was created by Sara Seltzer, 2011.

    Physical Condition

    Handle with care. Some photographs in Volume 2 have become separated from the pages. Photographs are unprotected and gloves should therefore be worn when handling logbooks.

    Related Publications

    The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the people, programs, and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
    Art and Eternity: The Nefertari Wall Paintings Conservation Project, 1986-1992. Miguel Angel Corzo and Mahasti Afshar, editors, Santa Monica, CA: Getty Conservation Institute; [Cairo]: Egyptian Antiquities Organization, c1993.
    House of Eternity: The Tomb of Nefertari. John K. McDonald, Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute and J. Paul Getty Museum, c1996.
    In the Tomb of Nefertari: Conservation of the Wall Paintings. Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum; [Marina del Rey]: Getty Conservation Institute, 1992.
    Source Materials for the Study of Wall Paintings in the Tomb of Nefertari. Mahasti Afshar, Marina del Rey, CA: Getty Conservation Institute, 1991.
    Wall Paintings of the Tomb of Nefertari: First Quarterly Report. report prepared by Miguel Angel Corzo, [Marina del Rey, Calif.]: Getty Conservation Institute; [Cairo]: Egyptian Antiquities Organization, [1986].
    Wall Paintings of the Tomb of Nefertari: Scientific Studies for Their Conservation: First Progress Report, July, 1987: A Joint Project of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization and the Getty Conservation Institute . [Coordinating editor, Miguel Angel Corzo], Le Caire: [Organisation des antiquites egyptiennes]; [Marina del Rey, CA]: Getty Conservation Institute, 1987.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Nefertari Project logbooks (1989-1992) document Phase III of the joint project of the Getty Conservation Institute and the Egyptian Antiquities Organization to conserve the wall paintings in the tomb of Nefertari. The project was directed by Paolo and Laura Mora. The entries in the logbooks were made by various members of the conservation team, which included Eduardo Porta (field coordinator), Paolo and Laura Mora, Stephen Rickerby, Luigi de Cesaris, Giuseppe Giordano, Lorenza M.G. D'Alessandro, Giorgio Capriotti, Adriano Luzi, Hussein Mohamed-Ali, Said Ahmed El-Shahhat and Guillermo Aldana.
    The logbooks are comprised of five volumes, which include color photographs of the wall paintings and hand-written notes.

    Arrangement note

    Volumes are arranged in chronological order.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Nefertari, Queen, consort of Ramses II, King of Egypt

    Subjects - Topics

    Archaeological sites--Conservation and restoration
    Architecture, Ancient--Egypt
    Mural painting and decoration, Egyptian--Egypt--Thebes (Extinct city)
    Painting--Conservation and restoration
    Tombs--Egypt

    Subjects - Places

    Valley of the Queens (Egypt)

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Color photographs
    Logs (records)

    Contributors

    Aldana, Guillermo
    Capriotti, Giorgio
    D'Alessandro, L.
    De Cesaris, Luigi
    El-Shahhat, Said Ahmed
    Giordano, Giuseppe
    Hay'at al-Āthār al-Mişrīyah
    Luzi, Adriano
    Mora, Laura
    Mora, Paolo
    Porta, Eduardo
    Rickerby, Stephen