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Conservation at American Art

Picture This: A Study for the Capitol

December 11, 2013

Chief conservator Tiarna Doherty studies x-radiographs of Constantino Brumidi's study for the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. Photography by Conor Doherty. You currently can see Constantino Brumidi's Study for the Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the United States...


Our America: Preparing Pepón Osorio's El Chandelier for Exhibition

September 24, 2013

Dawn Planas, a graduate conservation student at Buffalo State College, and an intern in the Lunder Conservation Center's objects lab, recently assisted with a treatment of Pepón Osorio's El Chandelier. The sculpture will be featured in the exhibition Our America:...


The Farm Workers’ Altar is Prepared for Exhibition

September 6, 2013

Morgan Nau, Conservation Kress Fellow, recently treated Emanuel Martinez's Farm Workers' Altar. The sculpture will be featured in the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, which opens on October 25. Martinez created the altar in support of...


Picture This: Behind-the-Scenes at the Renwick's Grand Salon

June 13, 2013

American Art conservators take great care when dusting the paintings in the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon. Related: Read about our other behind-the-scenes conservation work here at American Art.


Conservation: Bathing A Plaster Beauty

June 11, 2013

Morgan Nau, an objects conservator and plaster specialist on fellowship with American Art's Lunder Center clues us into how conservators keep our artworks clean. Detail, Karl Bitter's Diana Anyone who's ever cleaned and polished a wooden table, and then returned...