We are working on conserving a new piece of the shrine—which is cleaning up very well—revealing beautiful bright red and yellow pigments underneath the coating.
Before the work was shipped to the museum from out of state, our curator of American art, Julie Aronson, PhD, contacted a professionally trained paintings conservator in that region to examine it. He noted a few areas with cracks and lifting paint that might be jeopardized during transport. With permission from the owner , the conservator applied the three tissue paper patches you see here to make sure that no paint flakes were lost in transit.
Heat and moisture melted the missing sequins on this 1925–1926 party dress at the wearer’s armpit.
Many of the carved items (such as the bow held in the hand of the figure on left side of the archway) had broken and required repairs to be carried out under a microscope.
A few months ago, I posted about the complicated surface coatings on Cézanne’s Still Life with Bread and Eggs.” But what was going on under the surface was even more of a surprise.
You can see the conserved Dancing Horse in the special exhibition Galloping Through Dynasties through January 1, 2023
We are “dyeing” to find the perfect shades of pink silk chiffon to repair this 1920s dress!
This week in objects conservation: Almost 12 months from when we first started the treatment, half of the Jain shrine has been conserved, and a new batch of pieces has moved into the lab to begin treatment.
Our paintings conservator has just begun a big multi-year project, teaming with curators and other scholars, to examine CAM’s collection of 65+ paintings by British artists.
Our textile conservator got to wear all these “hats” this week to address some spots on this settee in Gallery 209, the British portraiture gallery.
These large jars are in rough shape and are currently in the lab for some major repairs.
In the newly opened exhibit, Galloping Through Dynasties, visitors will see several of the museum’s hanging scrolls for the first time.
Look for the recently conserved painting in our gallery soon.
Take a peek into preparations for the reopening of the South Asian Galleries, December 2023.
Look for Bread and Eggs (and onions!) to return to the permanent galleries soon.
This test hinted at a dramatic difference!
Earlier this month our Pinocchio sculpture received a maintenance treatment from conservators who specialize in outdoor sculpture conservation from McKay Lodge Art Conservation.
The last step of conserving the large 7’ x 5’ painting by Murillo has arrived.
The lesser-known book, The Book of Thel, is now featured in an exhibit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A whole team helped clean the galleries in a gallery-wide dust-up (or down!). Next time you visit the museum, take a minute to think about all the unseen work that goes into keeping all parts of the museum looking their best.
This week in objects conservation: We have finished coating removal and cleaning of one of the 44 pieces of our Jain Shrine!
Our paintings conservator dons an organic vapor mask, turns on the exhaust trunks, and begins brushing thirty-five square feet plus of painted canvas!
Conservation can take you strange places--like up a ladder in a 1929 bedroom!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about their treatment progress and enjoy seeing them back in the galleries on your next visit!
Now that the Murillo has been cleaned of varnish and retouching, it’s time to address its structural support, in other words, the canvas and stretcher.
When private owners generously allow the museum to display their pieces, the conservators sometimes need to put a little effort into stabilizing them before they go into the gallery. This was the case with a monumental woodcut print by Albrecht Dürer that will soon be seen in the Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom by Joseph Urban exhibit.
This carpet is a whopping 25’ by 18,’ easily one of the largest textiles in the collection.
Cleaning of the very large painting by the Spanish artist, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, has begun.
This beaded bag from the 1920s is in the textile conservation lab for some stabilization where some of the beading threads were broken, but it presented a special challenge...
This week in objects conservation: In contrast to our very large Jain shrine, this week we are working on a very tiny shrine!