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Art -- Conservation and restoration

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View Resource Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)

VADS, part of the UK Arts & Humanities Data Service (AHDS), was established to create a searchable, online archive of digital resources for use by the visual arts community, especially those in higher education, and "to establish and promote good practice in the creation, management and preservation of digital resources through an advisory, training and publications programme." Recently...

https://vads.ac.uk/
View Resource Pablo Picasso's The Tragedy

The National Gallery of Art presents this Web site that reveals earlier works on the wooden supports and canvas of Picasso's painting The Tragedy, found during conservation treatments. Picasso said, "What comes out in the end is the result of the discarded finds." The artist often reworked his paintings, leaving clues on the surface to tip off viewers that another work might be covered up by the...

https://www.nga.gov/global-site-search-page.html?searchterm=...
View Resource New Zealand Historic Places Trust

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust site contains several sections that will be of great assistance to persons interested in the area of historic and cultural preservation, or for those interested in a different perspective on the practice and art of historical preservation. The research centerpiece of the site is the New Zealand Historic Places Register, which contains information on over 1,000...

http://www.heritage.org.nz/
View Resource American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works

Conservation is a growing field, and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) is a good place to learn more about this discipline, and to also learn about possible job opportunities. First-time visitors should look at the "About" area to learn more about what the Institute does. Within this area, users can read such timely documents as "Defining the Conservator:...

http://www.conservation-us.org/
View Resource Oudry's Painted Menagerie

In 2001, the Getty Museum and the Staatliches Museum, Schwerin, Germany, began a collaborative project to restore two enormous paintings by French artist Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755). Each canvas is around 10 feet tall; Lion was painted in 1752, and Rhinoceros in 1749. Oudry was known as one of the finest animal painters in 18th century Europe, and was commissioned to paint life-size portraits...

http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/oudry/index.html
View Resource CAMEO: Conservation & Art Material Encyclopedia Online

Art historians, preservationists, and other types will be most glad to learn about the existence of the Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online (CAMEO). This is, of course, if they don't know about it already. The original CAMEO was first placed online in November 2000, and it has been significantly enlarged and updated over the past several years. This online resource contains...

http://cameo.mfa.org/wiki/Main_Page
View Resource MFA Boston: Missing Van Gogh Discovered

Boston's lovely Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) has been in possession of Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Ravine" for years. What curators at the Museum did not know until recently was that there was yet another Van Gogh painting underneath "Ravine". Working with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, preservation experts at both institutions noticed that there was a second painting underneath the paint...

https://www.mfa.org/collections/europe/missing-van-gogh-disc...
View Resource The Getty Conservation Institute

Started in 1985, The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) "works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts." Their mission is quite broad, as it includes conservation projects that involve architecture, individual objects, and site examinations. First-time visitors may wish to start by looking at the "What's New" area on the right-hand side of the homepage. Here they will...

http://www.getty.edu/conservation/
View Resource Making the Invisible Visible: Conservation and Islamic Art

This small exhibition from the Metropolitan Museum of Art illustrates the process of conserving ancient artifacts with 21st century technology. Also showcased are interesting discoveries that came to light as the Museum's curatorial staff prepared materials for reopening the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. For example, an 8-minute...

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https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2013/invisibl...
View Resource LACMA: Video

LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, makes available a variety of video content on its website. Videos are organized into broad categories, including On View Now, Conservation, and Artist Interviews. Currently, On View Now contains short pieces such as Stephen Prina talking about the exhibition "Stephen Prina: As He Remembered It" and "Shinique Smith: Firsthand," an installation at the...

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http://www.lacma.org/video
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