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Follow the latest stages of the complex conservation process of Albrecht Dürer's Triumphal Arch – one of the largest prints ever produced. Curator Giulia Bartrum and Paper Conservator Caroline Barry talk through some of the steps involved in tackling this unusually large conservation challenge.
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While the Art Institute of Chicago's ancient and Byzantine collection was off view during the construction of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art, numerous objects underwent extensive conservation. The following video chronicles the conservation processes used to prepare several ancient and Byzantine artworks for display, including the restoration of a Greek vase, the cleaning of Roman and Byzantine mosaics, the metallurgical analysis of a bronze sculpture, and the laser-cleaning of a marble statue. This video was produced with the generous support of a Long Range Fund grant provided by the Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was created for LaunchPad, a program of digital interpretive materials that supplement the viewing of works of art on display in the Art Institute of Chicago's galleries.
Drenching a piece of paper in water and alcohol to help save it? It's all in a day's work at The New York Public Library's Barbara Goldsmith Conservation Lab. Watch this full-length video, which is part of an exhibition currently on view at the library called "Mapping New York's Shoreline."
Norman Rockwell exhibition
Video for Norman Rockwell Museum's new exhibition "Conserving Norman Rockwell's 'United Nations.'" Leslie Paisley, Conservator of Paper Department Head at Williamstown Art Conservation Center, takes viewers through the process of treating a fragile work on paper through such means as aqueous water technique-- don't try this at home!
Video produced by Jeremy Clowe. ©2009 Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved.
"Conserving Norman Rockwells 'United Nations'"
Norman Rockwell Museum
Opens May 2, 2009
This intimate exhibition will explore the intricacies of art conservation, from initial evaluation to complete restoration. A step-by-step investigation to the Williamstown Art Conservation Centers methods of conserving Norman Rockwells large-scale symbolic portrayal of the United Nations and the peoples of the world will offer insights into a rarely seen but essential preservation process.