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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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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The Flawless L.A. Look

Rachel Rivenc examines a mock-up made from unsaturated polyester resin using compositions corresponding to those used by Los Angeles-based artists in the 1960s and 1970s
Rachel Rivenc examines a mock-up made from unsaturated polyester resin using compositions corresponding to those used by Los Angeles-based artists in the 1960s and 1970s

Conservation scientists are working with L.A. artists to conserve their delicate sculpture. More»

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Lifted Cellulose Nitrate: Conserving an Early Robert Mapplethorpe Object

Untitled box / Robert Mapplethorpe
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

A conservator’s view of a complex and unusual object by Robert Mapplethorpe. More»

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Rings of Fire: Research at Synchrotron Facilities

Synchrotron Research Center
Late night at the Synchrotron Research Center in Stoughton, WI.

Conservation science never sleeps! And sometimes conservation scientists don’t either. What is it like to run experiments during the graveyard shift? More»

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Boot Camp for Conservators Explores X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

XRF analysis of The Title Makers / Alfred Jensen
Artwork: Yale University Art Gallery

In a joint Yale-Getty program, conservators learn to harness physics to analyze art. More»

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Inside the Bulla Regia Model Field Project | Getty Voices

GCI consultant and project team member, Livia Alberti, working with conservation technician Mondher Habachi. Photo: Scott S. Warren
GCI consultant and project team member, Livia Alberti, working with conservation technician Mondher Habachi. Photo: Scott S. Warren

What does it take to preserve an entire ancient Roman structure? More»

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The Value of Record Keeping: Frederick Hammersley’s Painting Books

Frederick Hammersley's paints and studio tools / Albuquerque, New Mexico
Frederick Hammersley's paints and studio tools as left on his painting table at his home studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The artist’s remarkably detailed records offer a huge boon to conservation science. More»

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What’s in a Wood? How Science Helps to Reveal the Eames’ Vision

The living room in the Eames House after conservation and reinstallation
The living room in the Eames House after conservation and reinstallation of the collection. The floor-to-ceiling wall of beautiful golden wood serves as the stunning backdrop for the room. Getty Conservation Institute

Conservators make an intriguing finding about the wood in the Eames House. More»

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Getty Conservation Institute Releases Critical New Resource for Conserving Historic Photographs

An early carbon photograph by Adolphe Brown, Two Girls (detail), date unknown. Private collection.
An early carbon photograph by Adolphe Brown, Two Girls (detail), date unknown. Private collection

This new digital publication offers science-based tools to identify how photographs were made. More»

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