Archetype books – pre-publication discounts

Archetype Publications are offering pre-publication discounts on two of their new titles – due for publication in May/June 2011.

– Mediaeval Painters’ Materials and Techniques: The Montpellier Liber diversarum arcium
Mark Clarke  ISBN: 9781904982647    Paperback, 350 pages, 18 colour illustrations, 3 half-tone illustrations
Due for publication on 1st June 2011        
 The anonymous Montpellier Liber diversarum arcium (‘Book of Various Arts’) contains the most complete set of instructions in the craft of medieval painting to have survived to the present day. Its comprehensive summary of the state of the art of painting in the workshops
of the fourteenth century will be of great interest to art historians, conservators and
historians of artists’ technology. This long-overlooked manuscript provides a complete practical painting course: drawing, water-based tempera, oil and fresco. It includes painting on manuscripts, panels, sculptures and walls, but also painting on glass and ceramics. Instructions are given for the preparation of materials such as pigments and media, and also for their application and modelling, as well as for gilding and other useful techniques. The range of knowledge displayed is remarkable with nearly six hundred recipes, two-thirds of which are unique to this manuscript. Furthermore it demonstrates that when the van Eycks and their contemporaries transformed painting in the fifteenth century, they did so using materials and techniques of oil painting that already existed. This volume contains the first ever published translation of the Liber diversarum arcium together with an extensive technical and historical commentary.
Full details at
Introductory Price: 45.00 GBP
PRE-PUBLICATION DISCOUNT PRICE of 35.00 GBP plus postage when ordered by credit card from Archetype’s London office ( ) before 25th May 2011

– Pigments and Power in the Andes: from the Material to the Symbolic in Andean Cultural Practices 1500 – 1800   Gabriela Siracusano, ISBN: 9781904982562, Paperback, 256 pages.                                                             
This is the English language edition of El Poder de los Colores by Gabriela Siracusano, the result of a study of cultural practices related to the uses of colouring materials in the South American Andean region during the Colonial period (XVI to XVIII centuries) and their ‘powerful’ presence in the images of the Conquest. It offers the reader a new insight into the techniques and use of colour in Andean Colonial painting.  Publication date 15th May 2011
Full details at:
Introductory Price: 35.00 GBP
PRE-PUBLICATION DISCOUNT PRICE of 30.00 GBP plus postage when ordered by credit card from Archetype’s London office ( before 15th May 2011

Archetype have between 50 and 100 old auction catalogues (from the 1990’s onwards), from Sotheby’s, Christie’s, etc. for sale at 90.00 GBP the lot plus shipping.  These are all in very good condition with a wealth of beautiful photographs and could be of interest to any art enthusiast or conservator (who may find a familiar painting or two included).  For a detailed list, please email us at


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