Conservation

Preserving art and culture for the future, from field projects around the world to conservation science in the Getty’s own state-of-the-art labs

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Bronze Patinas, Noble and Vile

Detail of patina on a Roman bronze statue of Cupid
Statue of the Infant Cupid (detail), Roman, A.D. 1–50, Roman. Bronze with silver and copper, 25 3/16 in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 96.AB.53

They’re all made from the same stuff, so why do bronze statues come in so many different colors? More»

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A Look Inside the Getty’s Conservation Collection

Seeley Brothers, manufacturers of Averill Paint, ready for use
Inside the book Seeley Brothers, manufacturers of Averill Paint, ready for use (New York: Seeley Brothers, ca. 1886). ID No. 2870-944

From reference tomes to textile cuttings, a collection for every conservation query. More»

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Getty Foundation Awards 14 New Grants for “Keeping It Modern”

The Solar Observatory Einstein Tower on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. Photo: R. Arlt / Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
The Solar Observatory Einstein Tower on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. Photo: R. Arlt / Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

New grants in the Foundation’s modern architecture initiative will help conserve important buildings around the globe. More»

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12 Things You Didn’t Know about Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

Hollyhock House exterior. Photo: jwpictures.com
Hollyhock House exterior. Photo: jwpictures.com

Must-know facts about the recently restored L.A. landmark. More»

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Conservation Tools: The Microfading Tester

Vincent Beltran uses a microfading tester on a tapestry from the Getty Museum’s collection

Measuring color changes in light-sensitive works of art. More»

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Outdoor Sculpture at Long Beach Campus Gets a Fresh Look

Duet after repainting. Courtesy University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
Duet after repainting. Courtesy University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach

CSU Long Beach’s remarkable outdoor sculpture collection is being newly conserved More»

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Yes, L.A. Has a History

Watts Towers
Photo: Stephen Schafer Schafphoto.com

L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti on why historic preservation matters. More»

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Moving On Up

Staff visit to the Getty Conservation Institute, being constructed in the 1990s
Senior staff and members of the transition team visit the Conservation Institute during construction.

A look back at the Getty Conservation Institute’s move to the Getty Center. More»

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Conserving Barbara Hepworth’s “Figure for Landscape”

Figure for Landscape / Hepworth
Figure for Landscape, 1960, Barbara Hepworth. Bronze, 107 x 52 x 27 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Fran and Ray Stark, 2005.108. © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Barbara Hepworth’s bronze figure is conserved. More»

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Conservation Tools: The Handheld Loupe

Getty Conservation Institute project specialist Tram Vo examines a color photographs with a handheld loupe
Getty Conservation Institute project specialist Tram Vo examines color photographs with a handheld loupe to identify the process used to create them.

A handheld magnifying loupe helps conservators study historic photographs with the naked eye More»

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      A glimpse into the world of a book designer

      The catalog for Light, Paper, Process unifies book design and the photographic process.

      The images included in the exhibition—and the book—challenge assumptions about what photographs are. This is reflected in the unusual binding and beautiful slivers of the book design itself. 

      Read more on The Getty Iris here.

      09/02/15

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