8 thoughts on “Conserving Degas’s tutu

  1. Pratima Kandel

    I love the posture of this dancer and just how calm and composed she is. Even though I’m not a dancer myself, I love to watch professional dancing and it’s amazing to see Degas’s art as he painted a fluttering moment in a dancing scene, whether it’s a rehearsal scene or an actual performance. There is so much poise and control in the way this dancer is positioned. It is wonderful to see how ancient arts are being valued and restored. The artist has worked very well with the new skirt.

  2. Cecelia

    Before watching the video, I was a bit on the fence about restoring the skirt. I was worried it might damage the artist’s original intention for how the piece was meant to be. But after watching the video, I felt convinced that they were doing the right thing — it really looked more authentic to what it seemed Degas was trying to convey in a dancer of the time, and it made the piece look a lot more lifelike. It seemed to really revitalize the statue and in my personal opinion, I think restoring the skirt was the right decision to make.

  3. Sarai David

    I completely agree with the choices made in conserving the tutu. I feel as though the reasoning behind the conservators choices were sound and backed by good research. I like to think I would have done the same thing if I was in the conservator’s place. I feel very uneasy about the second image of the dancer’s tutu. It looks more like a miniskirt than a tutu. I thinkn this version of the tutu is the best replacement to date.

  4. Emma Eichenberger

    Just like above, I, too, was very apprehensive about the restoration of the skirt because I was unfamiliar with the whole process. However, I thought that it was very fitting how the artists and restoration staff spent a lot of time doing extensive research about the style and texture of the tutu, yet also making some creative changes to make the whole ensemble fit together. It is also interesting to see how much fabric disintegrates even within a museum setting, but it was also very interesting to see how the new fabric was dyed and colored to capture that “old fabric” look.

  5. Christopher Hall

    As everyone else comments Made the thought of restoring another artist work made me feel that the character of the work was being stripped of way each time a new restoration was made . However the way that the he researched and tried to make the reconstruction look as similar as possible . Didn’t take much the character from the piece as I expected . Which researching and trying to relate it to the original piece as possible . would be the most respectful and smartest choice .

  6. Caroline Thompson

    Conserving a delicate piece of material like the tutu can be very difficult. However, after watching the video, I felt very confident that they could do a good job of restoring the tutu without changing the appearance or original idea of the sculpture. I’m not too familiar with the process of conserving art. However, if it needs preserved, there should be a full researched plan with a licensed professional to do the job. Overall, I believe they the restoration makes the sculpture look very vivid and lively. It brings the sculpture back to life.

  7. Kourtney Chiles

    I think the conservators were right in the way they went about conserving this beautiful sculpture. Although I was quite surprised that they had not thought of putting the sculpture in a glass case. I also had not realized that the sculpture had been restored multiple times throughout its creation.

  8. Hunter Stephens

    To me, I understand previous tutu’s had been replaced over time but, conservationists should have left an image of the wax model for others to interpret what was meant. By adding a new tutu with flair of a current era conservationist, it leaves open modernization of a tutu with a conversationalists’ interpretation rather than maybe another intended interpretation……


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