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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Nineteenth Century American Landscape

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3/26/2020

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This painting is a nineteenth century American landscape that has suffered multiple tears in the course of its lifetime, probably due to the poor quality of the canvas.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Yellow quashes violet!

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2/27/2020

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This beautiful landscape by Impressionist Alfred Sisley was recently being cleaned of its varnish by our paintings conservator.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The perks of being a conservator!

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1/30/2020

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One of the perks of being a conservator is of course spending many hours up-close-and-personal with great art.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Overpainting vs. inpainting

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12/12/2019

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Conservation of this painting on wood panel by the Dewing husband-and-wife team was undertaken because the retouching on the painting had discolored.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Mysterious Appearance

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11/8/2019

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This tall narrow painting by a husband-and-wife pair is in the paintings conservation studio for removal of varnish and discolored retouching.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A visit to Paris!

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10/10/2019

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Our paintings conservator has been cleaning this idyllic view of the Seine for the past few days.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Filling up with Duveneck!

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9/12/2019

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Conservation for the upcoming Duveneck exhibition continues apace.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ready for his close-up?

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8/15/2019

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Sometimes a painting can make its feelings known.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Royal Portrait

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7/11/2019

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Later this month a group of portrait miniatures will go on view highlighting women artists and subjects.

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: 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 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: 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: 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.

“Hokusai Updated” at the Mori Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

by Dr. Hou-mei Sung, Curator of Asian Art

2/15/2019

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The exhibition will feature a set of ten rare woodblock prints by Hokusai illustrating Kanadehon Chūshingura and two paintings from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection.

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: 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: A Tiny Landscape

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11/15/2018

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This little painting measures around 5 by 8 inches.