This page from a Qur’an was written in the 13th century in Spain.
A visit to the workbench in textile conservation today might feel a little like visiting a fashion studio--in miniature.
Our objects conservator has been working with Andy Wolf, an intern from NYU’s graduate training program.
Our paintings conservator has been examining this little painting by John. H. Twachtman.
ur paper conservator is spending the summer looking very closely at intriguing documents that will soon be on view in Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World.
Take a peek behind the scenes—or under the rug, in this case!
A few weeks ago when we had our GE digital x-ray demo running in the Conservation department, our objects conservator brought in the spectacular Railway Engine Coffeemaker for imaging.
Here’s a detail of one of the paintings from Zaragoza’s “Retablo of Saint Peter.” At left is the same detail in normal light, after conservation.
While in Houston for the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), our paper conservator had the opportunity to use her expertise to help a small museum.
Last week, Conservation was lucky enough to have an on-site demonstration of digital x-ray by Cory Morriss from GE and Scott Hunley of RCON NDT.
There was a mysterious alteration in this painting. This is a detail of the bottom (also no pun intended) right corner of a nude study by Frank Duveneck, taken while the painting was being cleaned.
This spring in paper conservation, we’re looking at a print of Cincinnati, a view of the city from across the river in Kentucky.
The dye recipe catalog is an important tool in a textile conservation lab.
This week in objects conservation we revisit our stone sculpture of an eagle wrestling a serpent.
When a conservator cleans a painting it’s usually described as using solvents to remove varnish and grime layers.
When we think of photographs, we usually picture a piece of paper, often of a size that can be mounted in an album or framed and hung on the wall of our home.
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Once a year our objects conservation team cleans the Rio Delle Torreselle Chandelier by Dale Chihuly.
This portrait by French artist Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot has been on the blog before and now treatment of the painting and frame are finished.
While listening to forecasts of a winter storm last week, the paper conservator was enjoying this view of Eden Park’s Mirror Lake in the height of summer.
When the museum is closed to visitors, CAM staff uses the Great Hall for photography large pieces.
This decorative folding fan is in the objects conservation lab for treatment.
Our paintings conservator is rounding up the final bits and pieces that comprise the 15th century Spanish altarpiece, the Retablo of Saint Peter.
Our paper conservator has been working with a large donation of 20th century Chinese paintings over the past year.
This limestone sculpture of an eagle and serpent dates from 50-150 CE and is from the Nabataean Temple Khirbet et-Tannur in Jordan.
Our masterpiece by Bernardo Strozzi, David with the Head of Goliath, is currently being conserved.
Next month a group of etchings by American women printmakers will go on display in G213.
Tapa cloth isn’t technically cloth at all: it’s tree bark!
Sometimes, the conservation studio becomes a sort of waiting room.
Posted by: Joanna Kerman