Conservation

The Fruits of Forbes’s Travels

What began as an interest in painting led to Edward Waldo Forbes’s extensive travel in England and Italy and an education in connoisseurship, artists’ materials, and techniques.

By Michelle Interrante

A Painting with Presence

The largest work in The Bauhaus and Harvard, Herbert Bayer’s Verdure required special efforts as it was cleaned and installed.

Refreshing Sol LeWitt’s Vision

Representatives from the estate of famed conceptual artist Sol LeWitt recently re-executed his vibrant and imposing Wall Drawing #830 at Harvard.

Preserving and Interpreting Photographs in Context

Laura Panadero, the museums’ Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow, shares the rich information we can glean from the books containing photographs in our collections.

By Laura Panadero

Géricault’s “Stone Paper”

In preparing for the exhibition Mutiny: Works by Géricault, conservators and conservation scientists combined historical research, close looking, scientific analysis, and artistic re-creations to better understand “stone paper,” a printing surface that Géricault used as an alternative to limestone.

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.