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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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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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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      Gauguin’s Monotypes

      Gauguin is known for his paintings, but also was a skilled maker of the traced monotype. The pencil drawing shows the marks and gestures that Gauguin used to produce the monotype which evokes the erotic dreamscapes that characterize so much of his later work.

      Does the head look familiar? Maybe you’ve seen this horned figure before?

      See more of Gauguin’s monotypes for free from the @philamuseum here, made available through the Getty Research Portal.


      This week’s pick from the Getty Research Portal, a one-stop shop for public domain art history books.

      02/12/16

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