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.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Rubens

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9/20/2018

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The oil sketch is one of a few paintings in our collection that is framed in a special sealed-environment package.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Doll Transformation

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9/6/2018

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You may have seen a post about this doll a few weeks ago when her costume was undergoing treatment in the textile conservation lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Conservation-on-View Retablo returns!

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8/23/2018

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A few weeks ago our paintings conservator teamed with our expert Installation Department to return Zaragoza’s “Retablo of Saint Peter” to its gallery after conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Collecting Calligraphy

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8/16/2018

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This page from a Qur’an was written in the 13th century in Spain.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Miniature Textile Conservation

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8/9/2018

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A visit to the workbench in textile conservation today might feel a little like visiting a fashion studio--in miniature.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Nabataean Shrine

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8/2/2018

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Our objects conservator has been working with Andy Wolf, an intern from NYU’s graduate training program.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Which solvents are best?

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7/26/2018

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Our paintings conservator has been examining this little painting by John. H. Twachtman.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Qur’an Paper Repair

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7/19/2018

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ur paper conservator is spending the summer looking very closely at intriguing documents that will soon be on view in Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Mounting Unusual Objects in the Museum

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7/12/2018

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Take a peek behind the scenes—or under the rug, in this case!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Train X-ray

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7/3/2018

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A few weeks ago when we had our GE digital x-ray demo running in the Conservation department, our objects conservator brought in the spectacular Railway Engine Coffeemaker for imaging.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Interpreting x-rays, conservation-style

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6/27/2018

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Here’s a detail of one of the paintings from Zaragoza’s “Retablo of Saint Peter.” At left is the same detail in normal light, after conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Lending a hand to a museum in need

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6/21/2018

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While in Houston for the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), our paper conservator had the opportunity to use her expertise to help a small museum.