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Microscopically reweaving a 1907 painting | CONSERVATION STORIES

Microscopically reweaving a 1907 painting | CONSERVATION STORIES

This is a self portrait by Paula Modersohn-Becker. It was painted in 1907. It’s in really, really good condition considering it’s age. She’s holding her hand over her belly which is suggesting that she’s pregnant. The same year this was… Continue Reading

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VisitScotland CEO Malcolm Roughead visits David Livingstone Birthplace in Blantyre

VisitScotland CEO Malcolm Roughead visits David Livingstone Birthplace in Blantyre

we’ve just had an excellent meeting this morning with Malcolm Roughead and Jim Clarkson from VisitScotland and we were showing them round the David Livingstone Birthplace Project including the new exhibition spaces and the African Pavilions. David Livingstone has been… Continue Reading

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Mechanical Marvels—Automaton: The Draughtsman-Writer “Android,” ca.1800

Mechanical Marvels—Automaton: The Draughtsman-Writer “Android,” ca.1800

The Automaton at The Franklin Institute was built 200 years ago. Normally we think of robots as moving in very mechanical ways, very jerky motions. This machine far and away is the most elegant in its movement. The automaton is… Continue Reading

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The Restoration of Rosa Bonheur’s ‘The Horse Fair’ | National Gallery

The Restoration of Rosa Bonheur’s ‘The Horse Fair’ | National Gallery

Hello, my name is Hayley Tomlinson and I’m the conservator responsible for treating Rosa Bonheur’s painting, The Horse Fair, in the Conservation Department at the National Gallery. The painting is actually in a very good condition and the treatment is… Continue Reading

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Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 7: Removing the old restoration

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 7: Removing the old restoration

So last time you saw the embroidery, we had it face-up. What we’ve now done is we’ve cut it off the stretcher, cut through the old restoration fabric around the edge and removed that wooden frame. We’ve turned it over… Continue Reading

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Restoring one of our largest paintings: Cleaning Van Dyck’s ‘Charles I’ | National Gallery

Restoring one of our largest paintings: Cleaning Van Dyck’s ‘Charles I’ | National Gallery

My name is Larry Keith. I’m Head of the Conservation Department and I’d like to say a little bit about the treatment of ‘Charles I on Horseback’, which you can see on its side with the cleaning largely accomplished. That… Continue Reading

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Bell and Howell (Apple II+) Restoration

Bell and Howell (Apple II+) Restoration

Hello and welcome back to another 8-Bit restoration project! So, what we have this time is the Bell & Howell. For those who don’t know, this is actually an Apple II plus, and it was actually made by Apple and… Continue Reading

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Bringing the Skyraider Back to Life

Bringing the Skyraider Back to Life

I’m Eric Boehm I’m Curator of Aviation here at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum My name is Peter Torraca. I’ve been the Manager of Aircraft Restoration here at Intrepid for seven years. Past couple of years, I’ve been… Continue Reading

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Restoring a Frank Lloyd Wright statue | AT THE MUSEUM

Restoring a Frank Lloyd Wright statue | AT THE MUSEUM

Ellen: What we’re looking at is a Sprite from Frank Lloyd Wright’s project Midway Gardens, which was a sort of concert hall/beer garden in Chicago. It came to us in a really, really sad state. Clearly, it’s head is missing,… Continue Reading

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Conserving Michelangelo

Conserving Michelangelo

After looking at thousands of drawings over the course of years, this is the first Michelangelo that I’ve conserved. There are never two drawings that have aged the same way. Most old master drawings are treated very conservatively. Because this… Continue Reading