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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

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.

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

Duveneck , photography , paintings conservation , behind the scenes

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: A different kind of flyspeck!

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4/26/2019

paintings , conservation , inpainting , Isaak Soreau , flemish still life , flyspecks , insects

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

behind the scenes , Hokusai Updated , Japanese Art , woodcut , paintings

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.

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: No pun intended!

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5/31/2018

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There was a mysterious alteration in this painting. This is a detail of the bottom (also no pun intended) right corner of a nude study by Frank Duveneck, taken while the painting was being cleaned.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 20th Century Chinese Paintings

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3/1/2018

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Our paper conservator has been working with a large donation of 20th century Chinese paintings over the past year.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Saturation

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2/12/2018

Bernardo Strozzi , David and Goliath , conservation , paintings , paintings conservation

Our masterpiece by Bernardo Strozzi, David with the Head of Goliath, is currently being conserved.

Small Improvement for Long-Term Benefits

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1/4/2018

paper conservation , Asian Art , paintings

Posted by: Joanna Kerman