Last month, three Northwestern scientists brought their highly specialized scanning and imaging equipment to the museum and spent a week in our Paintings/Objects lab.
Preparations are well underway for the upcoming exhibition From Shanghai to Ohio: Woo Chong Yung (1898-1989). In fact, we have been developing the show for more than four years.
This visitor favorite, Girl Eating Porridge, by French artist Adolphe William Bouguereau (1825–1905), was acquired by the museum in 1884, a mere ten years after the artist painted it.
This small painting by American artist Julian Alden Weir (1852–1919) was donated to the museum by the artist in 1911.
These three portraits by 18th-century British artist Thomas Gainsborough are in the paintings conservation lab to be examined for the British catalog project.
This small round painting, attributed to the studio of the 17th century Dutch artist Frans Hals, was recently in the paintings conservation lab to have its discolored varnish removed.
We’ve had this painting by American Impressionist Theodore Robinson (1852–1896) listed for varnish removal for a while. That’s because curators and conservators know that Impressionist artists rarely varnished their paintings.
Another work recently conserved for the British catalog project, The Approaching Storm by English artist Thomas Barker (1769–1847), presented a challenge.
When I read the curatorial file for this painting, I discovered a remarkably expansive biography, not just of the painting itself, but also of the sitter and the artist. What is most interesting to me, though, is the sitter’s story.
We recently cleaned Sunlight on Prospect Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts by Edward Hopper (1882–1967).
Painted by the French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), Fog on Guernsey recently paid a visit to our lab for cleaning—and it let us in on a charming secret.
This portrait of an anonymous lady by an anonymous British artist was so dirty that only the most basic details were visible before conservation.
These three portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, 1723–1792) have come out of storage and into the conservation lab for the museum’s British catalog project . They are due to be examined, and perhaps treated, before heading to our photography department for high resolution imaging.
Before the work was shipped to the museum from out of state, our curator of American art, Julie Aronson, PhD, contacted a professionally trained paintings conservator in that region to examine it. He noted a few areas with cracks and lifting paint that might be jeopardized during transport. With permission from the owner , the conservator applied the three tissue paper patches you see here to make sure that no paint flakes were lost in transit.
A few months ago, I posted about the complicated surface coatings on Cézanne’s Still Life with Bread and Eggs.” But what was going on under the surface was even more of a surprise.
Look for the recently conserved painting in our gallery soon.
Look for Bread and Eggs (and onions!) to return to the permanent galleries soon.
The last step of conserving the large 7’ x 5’ painting by Murillo has arrived.
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.
Cleaning of the very large painting by the Spanish artist, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, has begun.
Our paintings conservator is readying another painting for our upcoming exhibition Henry Mosler Behind the Scenes: In Celebration of the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial.
Conservation has begun on one of the tallest paintings in the museum.
Conservation of the large still-life by an anonymous 17th century Neapolitan artist is finally finished.
More Asian paintings have moved through the paper lab on their way to be conserved by a scroll mounting specialist.
Here’s another close encounter in the paintings conservation studio that you would be unlikely to see in our galleries.
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.
Be sure to stop by Gallery 227 to see Still Life in Blue with Lemon after its visit to Conservation.
No, it’s just the morning sun hitting our jars of dry pigments through the blinds, a brief exposure that does no harm.
Shown here is a painting by Wu Zhongxiong that was selected by the Curator of Asian art to include in our next grant application.
Conservators strive to ensure that their conservation treatments will preserve each artwork for numerous decades or, we hope, even longer.