Category Archives: Art Conservation

Tracing Inspiration in a Beautiful Needlework Picture

  Artwork at its best inspires and influences other art forms; a great piece of literature can be turned into an award-winning movie, or a painting can inspire a book. Join me as I trace the roots of an embroidered … Continue reading

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Travels through Conservation

As director of conservation at Winterthur Museum, I have had one of the best jobs in the world. Every day I visit the conservation labs at Winterthur, where a remarkable staff and twenty graduate students in art conservation work to … Continue reading

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Honoring H. F. du Pont and His Lasting Influence

During this, the 25th anniversary year of Jayne Design Studio, Winterthur Fellow and Delaware Antiques Show keynote speaker Thomas Jayne and filmmaker Simon Blake have collaborated to honor Henry Francis du Pont and his extraordinary vision for Winterthur Museum. In … Continue reading

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Meet One of the Most Colorful and Captivating Men in History

Adventure.  Discovery.  Passion.  Danger.  Alexander von Humboldt’s life was packed with all of them. In this video blog, New York Times best-selling author Andrea Wulf describes the remarkable life of the man, explorer, and scientist who came up with the … Continue reading

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A Brittle Beauty

The centuries-old technique of lacquering (lacquer fragments have been unearthed from archeological sites in China dating to 5,000 BC) was, and still is, used to decorate furniture, teawares, dinner services, and architectural elements by coating them with multiple layers of … Continue reading

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Winterthur in a New Light

Most art and history enthusiasts are well aware that historical objects need to be regularly monitored and conserved. But what about historic structures? How can conservators, architects, and historians work cooperatively to preserve the houses of the past for historians … Continue reading

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Mount Pleasant: Discovery of 18th-Century Painted Wood Graining

As a decorative and historic finishes major at Winterthur, I work on a wide variety of projects ranging from architecture to painted furniture. I spent my third-year internship in the Furniture and Woodwork Conservation Lab of the Philadelphia Museum of … Continue reading

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Treasuring Your Child’s Toys at Terrific Tuesdays

Six months ago in early March, Megan Millman and I were thrilled to find out that we would be interning at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Our job was to create an educational program that taught kid-size art conservation to … Continue reading

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Resurrected Abelam Bark Painting

Among the wide range of objects I treated at the Brooklyn Museum this past year is a large bark painting from Papua New Guinea. Read about it here on the Brooklyn Museum Blog. Ellen Moody received a BA in art … Continue reading

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Bright Orange Baseboards in 18th-Century Williamsburg?

Do my eyes deceive me, or is that really a bright orange paint dating back to the 1770s–90s? Hi, my name is Sara Lapham, and I am a furniture conservation major in the WUDPAC class of 2013. This summer I … Continue reading

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