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Should we consider this a silver lining of the pandemic for conservation?

In an article in the June 29, 2021 “Science Times” section of The New York Times (“ Peering into the Paint ”), Kenneth Chang explains the scientific principles behind hyperspectral imaging and provides examples of how the technique has been applied to the study of a number of famous paintings...

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It takes a village to move a mural

In the “Arts” section of the Saturday June 20, 2021 issue of The New York Times,Carol Pogash published a long article, “ A Fresco’s Relocation is handled with Care ”, about the removal of Diego Rivera’s “Pan American Unity”-- a 30 ton, 70 foot by 22 foot mural --from the wall of the lobby of a...

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If the mural is broken into sections, has the artist’s conception really been preserved?

According to an article by James S. Russell in the February 24, 2021 issue of The New York Times ( “ A Mural at Risk is Remade ”), when Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union moves its headquarters from 310 West 43 rd Street in Manhattan and into a building a few blocks away,...

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Conservation article on pigments in the Style not Science Section

Could the appearance of such an article in the Style Section rather than the Science Section mark a growing general interest in the technical aspects of the creation of works of art? In the Sunday February 7, 2021, issue of The New York Times , an article by Evan Nicole Brown about the YInMn...

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The Times got the terminology right

In the January 28, 2021, issue of The New York Times , Liz Alderman wrote about the repair and renovation work carried out by 250 workers in the Louvre every weekday since October when it closed due to the pandemic instead of only on Tuesdays -- the one day of the week it formerly did not allow...

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Our monuments, institutions and values are all vulnerable and must be constantly cared for

The Saturday January 8, 2021 issue of The New York Times published an article by Sarah Bahr on how in the aftermath of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol Building by rioters on January 6 th , the artworks in the building and the building itself are being examined for damages (“ Curators Scour for...

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It is good to know that something exists which can hold back the flooding of Venice

According to an article by Elisabetta Povoledo in the October 4, 2020 issue of the New York Times (“ Successful test of floodgates leaves Venice dry at high tide ”), at 10am on Saturday October 3 rd when the tide reached three feet and all 78 floodgates barricading three inlets to Venice’s...

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Creating a sculpture from parts of a number of other sculptures is not equivalent to reconstructing a broken sculpture from its fragments

According to an article by Franz Lidz in the October 6, 2020 issue of the New York Times (“ Renewable Resources of the Ancients ”), fragments of stone from the temple of Zeus in Akragas (now Agrigento on the southwest coast of Sicily) strewn around the Valley of the Temples archaeological park...

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Do they believe that highly skilled conservators work for minimum wage?

Much has been written in the past few days about the fact that a Spanish furniture restorer who was hired to restore a contemporary 17 th century copy of the “Immaculate Conception” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (the original is in the Prado) ruined it. And in the public press, much has been...

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How many conservators when asked what they do, would answer “piece history back together”?

Francesca Fontana’s profile of objects conservator Steve Tatti in the December 14-15, 2019 issue of The Wall Street Journal (“ Piecing History Back Together ”) nicely explains his work to the public, but brings to the fore the fact that conservators’ incomes are often lower than they should be...

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