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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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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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Letting Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” Speak for Itself

Tom Learner and Alan Phenix of the Getty Conservation Institute with Jackson Pollock's Mural
Tom Learner (left) and Alan Phenix of the Getty Conservation Institute with Jackson Pollock's Mural

“It was time to do something.” Jackson Pollock’s Mural, conserved. More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: June 30

      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 portrait of actress Antonia Zárate by Goya is now part of the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. The records of famed art dealer M. Knoedler & Co. at the Getty Research Institute reveal its recent provenance: the painting was sold by Knoedler on June 30, 1910, to financier Otto Beit. Part of his collection, including this painting, was later donated to the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. To this day the Gallery showcases some of its greatest masterpieces in the Beit Wing. This spread from a digitized Knoedler stock book records the transaction (second entry from top).

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art. He sold European paintings to collectors (such as Henry Clay Frick, the Vanderbilts, and Andrew Mellon) whose collections formed the genesis of great museums such as the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, the Huntington, and more. Knoedler’s stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate, ca. 1805–06, José de Goya y Lucientes. Beit Collection, National Gallery of Ireland. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland.

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      #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.

      06/30/15

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