open access books

Please find an alphabetical list of Technical Art History-related open access books below. We are constantly updating this list, so if you have a resource you would like us to include, we welcome you to let us know at

Materialized Identities in Early Modern Culture, 1450-1750 link

The scholarship within is distinctive for engaging with the agentive qualities of matter, showing how affective dimensions in history connect with material history, and exploring the religious and cultural identity dimensions of the use of materials and artefacts. Authors approach "the material" through four themes – glass, feathers, gold paints, and veils – in relation to specific individuals, material milieus, and interpretative communities. In examining these four types of materialities and object groups, which were attached to different sensory regimes and valorizations, this book charts how each underwent significant changes during this period.

De Oranjezaal: catalogus en documentatie, (in Dutch) link

Contains the catalogue of the Oranjezaal paintings (1648-1652) with lots of details on painting techniques and materials used.

RKD Monographs, 2021. 

The noninvasive analysis of painted surfaces: scientific impact and conservation practice, link

Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington DC, 2016

Infrared Spectroscopy in Conservation Science, link

Michele R. Derrick, Dusan C. Stulik, and James M. Landry, 1999,

Open access Getty publications on Conservation Science link