Restoration

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Maurizio Seracini: The secret lives of paintings

Maurizio Seracini: The secret lives of paintings

Posted July 17th, 2013

Art History, Restoration, Talks, Technology, Videos

Art history is far from set in stone. Engineer Maurizio Seracini uses advanced tools common in engineering and medical labs to unravel centuries-old mysteries of art. He spent 30 years searching for Leonardo da Vinci’s lost fresco “The Battle of Anghiari,” and in the process… Read More

Vatican

The Sistine Chapel Restorations – How NOT to clean Michaelangelo

The Sistine Chapel Restorations – How NOT to clean Michaelangelo

Posted March 12th, 2013

Murals, Restoration, Vatican

“The Vatican authorities are in conservation crisis today because they stripped the Sistine Chapel frescoes bare in the 1980s and 1990s. They did so against material and historical evidence that Michelangelo had finished off his frescoes with additional glue or size-based a secco painting,” writes… Read More

Shows

Salvage Art – What happens to damaged art ?

Salvage Art – What happens to damaged art ?

Posted November 24th, 2012

Law, Restoration, Shows

A thought-provoking exhibition of artwork deemed, by insurance companies, no longer art at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at Columbia University in New York through Dec. 20. Salvage art, a term borrowed from the art insurance lexicon, refers to work removed from art circulation due… Read More

Science

Art Detectives: Tracing Bosch and Bruegel

Art Detectives: Tracing Bosch and Bruegel

Posted November 24th, 2012

Old Masters, Restoration, Science

Art Historians and scientists from the University of Glasgow have completed an international research project to trace the origins of four previously misattributed paintings. The two year study which was funded by the European Culture Fund and the British Academy traced the paintings, which were… Read More

Restoration

Original Rubens “Mary Magdalene in mourning with her sister Martha” found in museum

Original Rubens “Mary Magdalene in mourning with her sister Martha” found in museum

Posted November 17th, 2012

Art History, News, Old Masters, Restoration

Russian art experts have uncovered what is believed to be an original Rubens painting in a small-town museum in the Urals mountains region, its director said Friday. The painting called “Mary Magdalene in mourning with her sister Martha” was long assumed to be a copy,… Read More

Satire

Petition launched to save ‘world’s worst restoration’

Petition launched to save ‘world’s worst restoration’

Posted August 24th, 2012

News, Restoration, Satire

“Ironic art fans have launched a petition to save the “world’s worst restoration”: a retouched, century-old church painting of Christ that has become an international joke. Cecilia Gimenez, described as being in her 80s, has won global fame with her horribly botched impromptu attempt to… Read More

Restoration

The aging of da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine”

The aging of da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine”

Posted March 27th, 2012

News, Poland, Restoration

Bark beetles and old age have damaged Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th-century painting “Lady with an Ermine,” but the masterpiece is still holding up well, a conservationist at the Polish museum where it is displayed said Monday. Recent tests show the chestnut board on which da… Read More

Restoration

Van Gogh confirmed – with another underneath

Van Gogh confirmed – with another underneath

Posted March 20th, 2012

Netherlands, News, Restoration

To discover one new painting by Van Gogh is exciting enough. To discover two in one is extraordinary. The finds were announced today. One work is a still life, a flower painting with a most vibrant palette. The other is a depiction of two half-nude… Read More

Shows

The Brooklyn Museum gets an Art Roof

The Brooklyn Museum gets an Art Roof

Posted March 15th, 2012

Museums, Restoration, Shows

“The Brooklyn Museum is getting a new roof — an art exhibit, not a repair job. Bedford-Stuyvesant artist Heather Hart is building a full-sized house roof for a solo show opening next month. When it’s done, it will look like it was torn off a… Read More