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Beauty: Conservation and Reconstruction

The Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greece exhibition at the British Museum contained many beautiful pieces.  Two of the most striking also stood out as having interesting stories, which related to the application of research, conservation and restoration.  One…

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Technology and Egyptian Greens

Further to the project to create an affordable system of multispectral imaging available to all conservators mentioned here previously, Multispectral Imaging for Art, I came across this very good presentation of a paper on ASORtv, by Caroline Roberts. It discusses…

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Brave New World

To continue the theme of disappearing 20th century social art, see also Vanishing Visions of Utopia, in the last few years I have worked on three covered-over post-war British paintings.  All were painted in the spirit of the Festival of Britain…

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Materials Ancient and Modern

Working in Cambridge recently I popped in to the Fitzwilliam to look at the wonderful Egyptian galleries there. One of the mummy cases in the collection has been conserved recently, and, as was well publicised at the time, part of…

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The Neues Museum, Berlin

Several years ago I was involved in the conservation work at the Neues Museum in Berlin, which was undertaken as part of the major work on the building before it reopened in 2009. The museum had been closed since 1939,…

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Virtual Restoration

I came across these articles when I was interested in finding out more about the ‘restoration’ of Rothko wall paintings, now on display at Harvard Museum Gallery, which was carried out entirely by using light.  This restoration was totally non-invasive;…

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