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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: the Needlework Needs Work

School is out for the year, but when this American sampler was made in about 1815, many young girls didn’t go to school at all.  Instead, young women were expected to learn essential skills and crafts which would make them…

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Don’t miss Taste of Duveneck on Thursday, June 11, 2015 6 – 9 p.m. Please join us for the 25th Anniversary presentation of A Taste of Duveneck. As always, the Art Museum and Alice Bimel Courtyard will be filled with great food, exceptional…

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Walking through the halls of the Cincinnati Art Museum, I was struck by the evolution of the depiction of women through the ages.  Most surprising to me, was that through millennia, there are repetitive themes of: grace, serenity, poise, and…

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Our objects conservator has been working on this 19th Century Japanese small sword, called a “wakizashi.”  The sword is skillfully made from a range of materials including wood, lacquer, metal, and manta- or sting-ray skin. The decorative metal elements feature…