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Conservation Tools: Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

Portrait of scientist Herant Khanajian in a Getty Conservation Institute lab with an FTIR machine
Herant Khanajian in a Getty Conservation Institute lab with an FTIR machine

This technique allows conservation scientists to identify materials from the tiniest of samples. More»

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Conservation Tools: The Universal Testing Machine (UTM)

Associate Scientist Beril Bicer-Simsir placing a building material sample in the Universal Testing Machine.
Associate Scientist Beril Bicer-Simsir placing a building material sample in the Universal Testing Machine.

One machine to test them all! More»

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Thirty Years of Advancing Conservation Practice

Scientist works in a lab with acrylic paint
In 2007, the Conservation Institute began scientific research in modern artists materials, including paints and plastics.

A look back at the first 30 years of the Getty Conservation Institute, which turns 30 in 2015. More»

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Conserving Mosaics in the Middle East and North Africa, A MOSAIKON Trainer’s Account

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A participant in 2014 MOSAIKON training workshop organized by the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica (CCA) and supported by the Getty Foundation conserves a second-century Roman mosaic

A conversation with mosaics expert Roberto Nardi about conservation training. More»

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Conservation Tools: The USB Digital Microscope

Conservators learn how to perform analysis of biological growth in a cemetery in Rome during the International Course on Stone Conservation. Photo: Scott Warren for the GCI
Conservators learn how to perform analysis of biological growth in a cemetery in Rome during the International Course on Stone Conservation. Photo: Scott Warren for the GCI

The USB microscope: portable, high-tech, and high-powered. More»

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Advancing Conservation Practice, One Intern At a Time

Former intern Elsa Bourguinon with GCI’s Tom Roby working on the Hieroglyphic Stairway at Copán, Honduras in 2001. Photo: Richard Ross
Former intern Elsa Bourguinon with GCI’s Tom Roby working on the Hieroglyphic Stairway at Copán, Honduras in 2001. Photo: Richard Ross

Graduate internships at the Getty Conservation Institute offer training in both conservation and leadership. More»

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Google Summer of Code Pairs Up with Arches Project

Google Summer of Code Intern Palash Oswal (left) at an week-long Arches community workshop held in the UK this summer.
Google Summer of Code Intern Palash Oswal (left) at an week-long Arches community workshop held in the UK this summer.

Two Google-sponsored interns combine their interests in cultural heritage and tech development to work on this open-source software system More»

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Conservation Tools: The GC/MS Instrument

Joy Mazurek of the Getty Conservation Institute with a GC/MS instrument
Joy Mazurek of the Getty Conservation Institute explaining what happens inside the GC/MS instrument during analysis.

This scientific tool helps conservators understand artwork from the tiniest of samples. More»

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Ksours and Kasbahs

Detail of a wall painting in the Residence of the Caid, Kasbah Taourit, Ouarzazate, Morocco
Detail of a wall painting in the Residence of the Caid, Kasbah Taourit, Ouarzazate, Morocco

One of Africa’s most important sites of earthen architecture is the focus of an international conservation project. More»

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Science Behind Glass

Getty Conservation Institute scientist Vincent Beltran working on high-tech frames
Photo: S. Warren

Santa Ana winds are no match for these high-tech frames. More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: July 31

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This small panel by Dutch master Gerrit Dou (photographed only in black and white) is now in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. It was sold to American collector Robert Sterling Clark, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, in the summer of 1922.

      How do we know this? Archival sleuthing! A peek into the handwritten stock books of M. Knoedler & Co. (book 7, page 10, row 40, to be exact) records the Dou in “July 1922” (right page, margin). Turning to the sales books, which lists dates and prices, we again find the painting under the heading “New York July 1922,” with its inventory number 14892. A tiny “31” in superscript above Clark’s name indicates the date the sale was recorded.

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art, selling European paintings to collectors whose collections formed the genesis of great U.S. museums. The Knoedler stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Girl at a Window, 1623–75, Gerrit Dou. Oil on panel, 10 9/16 x 7 ½ in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts


      #ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into #onthisday provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archives at the Getty Research Institute.

      07/31/15

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