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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Structural Support

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6/23/2022

Murillo , paintings conservation , paintings , CAMConservation , strip lining

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.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Varnished Villanueva

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5/26/2022

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Cleaning of the very large painting by the Spanish artist, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, has begun.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Return of the Shrimp

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4/28/2022

CAMConservation , paintings conservation , Henry Mosler , varnish removal

Our paintings conservator is readying another painting for our upcoming exhibition Henry Mosler Behind the Scenes: In Celebration of the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ladder Required

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3/31/2022

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Conservation has begun on one of the tallest paintings in the museum.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A face, an egg, a patch

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3/3/2022

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Conservation of the large still-life by an anonymous 17th century Neapolitan artist is finally finished.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Packed and Ready to Go

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2/24/2022

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More Asian paintings have moved through the paper lab on their way to be conserved by a scroll mounting specialist.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Close Encounter

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2/3/2022

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Here’s another close encounter in the paintings conservation studio that you would be unlikely to see in our galleries.

A New Korean Tiger Painting

by Hou-mei Sung, Curator of East Asian Art

2/1/2022

Korean Tiger Painting , East Asian Art , Tiger and Cubs , Buddhist painting , chinese paintings , Joseon dynasty

As the king of beasts in China, the tiger is also one of the oldest and most meaningful animal subjects in Chinese painting. Here, the unidentified artist portrays a large tigress sitting under an old pine tree.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Still Life in Blue with Lemon by Paul Cézanne

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12/9/2021

CAMConservation , paintings conservation , Cezanne , Impressionism , impressionist , French immpressionist

Be sure to stop by Gallery 227 to see Still Life in Blue with Lemon after its visit to Conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Striped pigments?

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11/3/2021

paintings conservation , inpainting , conservation paints , pigments

No, it’s just the morning sun hitting our jars of dry pigments through the blinds, a brief exposure that does no harm.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Two Squirrels on a Pine Branch

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10/28/2021

Wu Zhongxiong , Asian painting conservation , Asian painting , paper , paper conservation

Shown here is a painting by Wu Zhongxiong that was selected by the Curator of Asian art to include in our next grant application.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Road trip!

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10/8/2021

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Conservators strive to ensure that their conservation treatments will preserve each artwork for numerous decades or, we hope, even longer.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conservation at your fingertips!

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9/9/2021

Elizabeth Boott Duveneck , Frank Duveneck , CAMConservation , paintings conservation , cleaning paintings

“Blossoms” has just received its new frame, so look for it to pop up on the wall of our American galleries in the near future.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Going, going, gone!

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8/11/2021

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The large Neapolitan still-life is back — with a new look.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cut and paste

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7/15/2021

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Our paintings conservator has been working on this very large 17th century Neapolitan still-life.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Another Chance Encounter

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6/16/2021

paintings conservation , paintings , CAMConservation , Ralston Crawford , John Henry Twachtman , Twatchman

This upright trio recently encountered one another in the Paintings/Objects Conservation lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: So ‘Egg-citing!’

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5/19/2021

CAMConservation , paintings conservation , paintings , X-ray , X-radiography , X-raying_paintings , hidden_paintings

Our painting conservator has been working on this very large 17th century Neapolitan still-life.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: East Asian Artworks

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5/13/2021

Asian painting , paper conservation

Our paper conservator and our curator of East Asian art have been examining paintings from storage so we can add information to the curatorial and conservation files.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A watchful eye!

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3/25/2021

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Our paintings conservator is examining this very large still-life in preparation for cleaning it.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: To Duveneck, From Tarbell

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2/25/2021

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Our paintings conservator has started to clean the varnish from this painting by Edmund Tarbell.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Monkey business!

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1/28/2021

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This life size painting by 19th century American artist, Thomas Satterwhite Noble, is a recent acquisition.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cleansing the palette

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11/12/2020

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A heavy layer of grime covered the surface of the thin wood panel and the remains of paint.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conservator Choices

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10/15/2020

CAMConservation , behind the scenes , conservation , Lorenzo Zaragoza , paintings conservation , retablo , restoration , retablo of saint peter , altarpiece

While the paintings conservation studio is under renovation, we thought you might like a look at an example of the choices that conservators can face.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: From Trash to Treasure

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9/17/2020

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Along with many other areas of research, conservation scientists test the materials that conservators use in treating works of art.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A sneak peek!

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7/16/2020

behind the scenes , paintings conservation , Varnish removal , Nicolas Lancret , French Rococo , rococo pastoral , 17th century French painting

These days, our paintings conservator is working on a painting that, as you can see, is long overdue for cleaning.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

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6/18/2020

Conservation , behind the scenes , Kita Kizuki , Tale of the Bamboo Cutter , Japanese painting , paper conservation , japanese scroll

Staff members have been very active in the museum galleries for the past month. One of the cases that was due for its regular rotation is the hanging scroll case in Gallery 138.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Quarantined in traction!

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5/21/2020

paintings conservation , painting stretcher , Robert Frederick Blum , canvas tension

Here’s a conservation treatment that has continued during the stay-at-home period for our paintings conservator.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Some forensic findings

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4/23/2020

Bonnard , paintings conservation , behind the scenes , oil sketch , technical art history

When this landscape by Pierre Bonnard went out on loan to another museum a few years ago, our paintings conservator only had time to surface-clean it, to remove the dust and grime that was on the surface.