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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Saving Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium

Paimio Sanatorium, patients' wing and solarium terraces
Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum

A famed sanatorium in Finland gets a new lease on life More»

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An Italian Masterpiece Visits the Getty for Conservation and Study

Getty art handlers place Guercino's Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph on an easel.
Getty art handlers place Guercino's Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph on an easel.

A collaborative conservation project begins between the Getty and the National Gallery of Ireland More»

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Keeping It Modern in Poland: The Conservation of Max Berg’s Centennial Hall

Centennial Hall, interior, 2005
Photo: Stanislaw Klimek, 2005. Museum of Architecture Wroclaw

A new conservation plan will support the life of a UNESCO world heritage site and marvel of engineering More»

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Conservation Up Close: Maillol’s “Torso of Dina”

Graduate intern Kellie Boss shines an examination light on Aristide Maillol's Torse de Dina
Grad intern Kellie Boss shines an examination light on Aristide Maillol's Torse de Dina

Museum conservators solve a mystery during the routine treatment of an outdoor sculpture More»

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Cleaning 700 Square Feet of Precious Tapestry

Weavers conserve a tapestry at the Gobelins Manufactory
Photo courtesy of the Gobelins Manufactory

Tapestries once owned by Louis XIV receive a high-tech cleaning. More»

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Revitalizing Barbara Hepworth’s Figure for Landscape

Figure 3: Figure for Landscape, 1960, Barbara Hepworth. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Fran and Ray Stark, 2005.108. © Bowness. After treatment on the Fran and Ray Sculpture Terrace.
Figure 3: Figure for Landscape, 1960, Barbara Hepworth. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Fran and Ray Stark, 2005.108. © Bowness. After treatment on the Fran and Ray Sculpture Terrace.

A behind-the-scenes look at restoring Barbara Hepworth’s 1960 sculpture “Figure for Landscape.” More»

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The Color that Changed the Course of Art

Happy Lovers / Fragonard
Happy Lovers, 1760-65, Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 47 3/4 in. The Norton Simon Foundation, F.1965.1.021.P. © The Norton Simon Foundation

Prussian blue changed it all. More»

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Managing the Details: Coordinating Field-Based Conservation Projects

Ayda Haghighatgoo and Lucinda Schell
Ayda Haghighatgoo (left) and Lucinda Schell (right) organize equipment for an upcoming campaign.

A look at the complex logistics involved in organizing conservation projects around the world. More»

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Look Deep Inside a French Bronze Sculpture

Detail of Boreas Abducting Orithyia

Conservators use X-rays and a videoscope to unlock the secrets of a bronze sculpture. More»

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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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      Color for Healing

      This sanitorium (tuberculosis hospital) in Paimio, Finland, was designed by architect Alvar Aalto in the 1920s. Unlike many hospitals, it was full of bright colors—including welcoming yellow on the main stairs and calming green for ceilings above bedridden patients. Aalto even created special chairs to open the chest and speed healing.

      The building’s colors were mostly whitewashed later in the 20th century, but now—due to a grant from the Getty Foundation as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative—its colors are being reconstructed and the building preserved for the future.

      More of the story: Saving Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanitorium

      Pictured: Paimio Sanatorium, patients’ wing and solarium terraces. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum. A color model for Paimio Sanatorium interiors by decorative artist Eino Kauria. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum, 2016.Paimio chairs (Artek no 41) in the Paimio Sanatorium lecture room, 1930s. Photo: Gustaf Welin, Alvar Aalto Museum. Aino Aalto resting in a chair on the solarium terrace. Photo: Alvar Aalto, Alvar Aalto Museum, 1930s. Main stairs of Paimio Sanatorium. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

      04/30/16

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