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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The JoLynn and Byron Gustin Gallery

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6/30/2022

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We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about their treatment progress and enjoy seeing them back in the galleries on your next visit!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Structural Support

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6/23/2022

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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: Emperor Maximilian I

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6/15/2022

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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.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Go big or go home!

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6/9/2022

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This carpet is a whopping 25’ by 18,’ easily one of the largest textiles in the collection.

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: Glue Be Gone

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5/19/2022

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Our paper conservator’s challenge is to remove enough yellow discoloration from the paper so that it is closer to its original color and more closely matches the other prints in the group.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: So Tiny!

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5/12/2022

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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...

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Small But Mighty

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5/5/2022

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This week in objects conservation: In contrast to our very large Jain shrine, this week we are working on a very tiny shrine!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Return of the Shrimp

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4/28/2022

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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: Mexican Girl by Jose Ignacio Aquirre

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4/21/2022

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Mexican Printmakers 1920s to 1950s is on display until August 14, where you can see this print and learn about Aguirre and his fellow artists.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Thread Count

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4/14/2022

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This silk chiffon scarf--part of a dress by designer Anna Jeanne Hallée designed in 1924—is undergoing conservation for significant loss and weakness where only shreds and threads remained around the central section.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Shrine Time

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4/7/2022

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This week in objects conservation: We take another look at the progress being made on our 17th C Jain Shrine.

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: Once upon a time…

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3/24/2022

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A group of illustrations of Brothers Grimm fairy tales were prepared for matting.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Blast Off!

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3/17/2022

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The Fashion and Textile Collection has a new gift! And it’s part of a set!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 17th Century Jain Shrine

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3/10/2022

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This week in objects conservation: another large architectural object has entered the conservation lab!

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: Wooden Cabinet Inlaid with Ivory and Brass

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2/10/2022

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This week in the objects conservation lab: A beautiful wooden cabinet inlaid with ivory and brass.

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.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Eccentric Wefts

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1/20/2022

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It’s getting weavy weird in the textile conservation lab this week!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ancient Middle East Gallery

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12/16/2021

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This week in objects conservation, we’re doing the finishing touches to the 100+ objects being installed in our newly renovated Ancient Middle East Gallery, opening Saturday, December 18.

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

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12/9/2021

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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: The end of treatment is near!

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11/18/2021

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We’ve come a long way on the treatment of the Elizabeth Hawes flag dress! If

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Striped pigments?

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11/3/2021

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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

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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: Groovy Pucci

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10/21/2021

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Usually, clothing is tailored to fit the body. But in the museum, we tailor a body to fit the clothing!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Nabataean Pottery

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10/14/2021

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Catch this object on view later this year when our Nabatean collections return to the galleries.

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.