Conservation

The Mysteries of Prince Shōtoku

As we prepare for a 2019 exhibition about this remarkable 13th-century sculpture, curators and conservators are seeking answers to longstanding questions about the object.

A Clearer View

In preparation for our Animal-Shaped Vessels exhibition, conservators pioneered a treatment to reduce staining on, and enhance the interpretation of, an ancient Greek jar.

Light Effects

A piece of equipment known as a microfader helps conservators test light sensitivity and gauge how long objects may be placed on view.

By Georgina Rayner

Getty Foundation Grant to Fund Prints and Drawings Workshop

A generous grant from the Getty Foundation will support a three-day workshop that explores how conservation and technical analysis can aid the work of curators of prints and drawings.

Sargent’s Colorful Past

New research into a palette used by John Singer Sargent shines a brighter light on objects in the museums’ collections.

A Well-Traveled Pavement

An ancient Roman floor mosaic of the sea goddess Tethys has recently been the focus of an international study, including by researchers at the Harvard Art Museums.

By Elizabeth Molacek

It’s a Wash

As odd as it sounds, some works on paper get a water bath—and it’s completely safe.

A Colorful Tradition

Natural dyes created by Mexico’s indigenous Zapotec community were recently added to the Forbes Pigment Collection. A December workshop showcased how to make dyes used in the Zapotec weaving tradition.

Reigning over a Hellish Bureaucracy

Monumental Chinese paintings illustrating mythological scenes of the Ten Kings of Hell recently underwent significant conservation abroad.

By Wai Yee Chiong, Penley Knipe

Back on the Wall

A recently installed wall painting fragment offers a glimpse into life at an ancient Roman villa.

By Elizabeth Molacek