Behind the Scenes in Conservation: An Intern’s Experience

by Caroline Shaver

6/19/2019

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Conservation preparation for the upcoming Duveneck exhibition (opening Fall 2020).

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Indian Painting

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6/13/2019

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This month a new group of paintings is on display in the Indian gallery.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1920's desk lamps designed by Joseph Urban

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5/30/2019

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This week the objects conservator is working on an unusual project requiring the skills of an electrician.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A disappearing act!

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5/23/2019

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This large unfinished work by Frank Duveneck is in the paintings conservation lab to be examined.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Japanese Fashion Plate

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5/16/2019

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A group of Japanese prints depicting women wearing elaborate garments was recently in the paper lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The pieces come together!

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5/2/2019

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It is hard to imagine this arrangement of wooden fragments as a three-dimensional object, that’s why it has been in the conservation lab receiving some much needed attention.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A different kind of flyspeck!

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4/26/2019

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Sometimes our paintings conservator might find an ancient flyspeck on a painting.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Helping the Archives

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4/18/2019

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Between doing conservation treatments for upcoming exhibitions, our paper conservator and her intern are working on a group of documents from the Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Doll research pays off!

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4/11/2019

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What does the 1850 census have to do with textile conservation? And this rag doll?

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A black light revelation!

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3/28/2019

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In the course of examining this early 20th century painting by American Impressionist Walter Schofield, our paintings conservator noticed a curious thing.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Kenyon Cox at the Art Academy

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3/21/2019

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Kenyon Cox was both a student and a teacher at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. His drawing Satyr and Two Children from 1876 passed through the Paper Lab on its way to the exhibition.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Café service!

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3/14/2019

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The museum’s Terrace Café will make you a beautiful meal, but this week, they also lent a hand to conservation!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: On the road!

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3/7/2019

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Earlier this month our objects conservator and one of our mount makers traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to install our Nabataean Shrine for the first time in 15 years!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ships Ahoy!

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2/28/2019

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By complete coincidence, three very large ships were recently at anchor in the paintings conservation studio.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Paris 1900

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2/14/2019

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Special guests are arriving at the Cincinnati Art Museum this week as we work on installation of Paris 1900: City of Entertainment!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Chinese Funerary Jar

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2/7/2019

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This pair of 12th-13th C Chinese funerary jar are currently in the objects conservation lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Raking light

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1/31/2019

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One of the many examination techniques used when planning a paintings conservation treatment is raking light, where a light placed at one side of the painting and the light “rakes” across the surface.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Art Academy Celebration

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1/24/2019

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Benn Pitman’s Design for a Circular Plate is an example of a preparatory drawing the artist created for a carving.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cuneiform Tablet CT Scan

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1/10/2019

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In December our objects conservator traveled to Baker Hughes GE Inspection Technologies to get an in-depth look at some of our cuneiform tablets.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Rusty Tacks

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12/20/2018

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This little dish of rusty tacks shows why paintings conservators should keep their tetanus shots up to date!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Focus on Fan Sticks

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12/13/2018

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Conservation treatments of the fans for the new installation The Lady’s Adviser: Love and Courting on Folding Fans is complete.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Iris van Herpen Dress

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12/6/2018

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It's the holidays and a special delivery came for the Fashion and Textile Arts Collection!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Tiny Landscape

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11/15/2018

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This little painting measures around 5 by 8 inches.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Talismanic Shirt

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10/31/2018

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This object, a talismanic shirt (India, 15th-16th century), was conserved by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Greek Alabastron

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10/25/2018

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This 5th C Greek alabastron made of alabaster, has been in the objects conservation lab for repair.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Folk Art Grime Removal

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10/17/2018

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Our paintings conservator has been removing a thick grime layer from this recently acquired folk art painting.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: New World Views

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10/11/2018

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The prints for New World Views are now on view, but before they were matted, framed and hung, the prints spent time in the Paper Lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Fresh Laundry

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10/4/2018

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This week in textile conservation we did a load of laundry: doll clothes from the Dollyver family set of dolls currently undergoing conservation treatment.