OK…you are an art conservator… What do you do with Degas’ Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer?
For more on this work, visit the Met’s site.
when Monet painted this work?
Find out about “forensic astronomy” and how it relates to art in this article about some very interesting new research at Texas State University.
At the top is Van Gogh’s painting, The Bedroom, from 1888 as we know it today and as it exists today. But the blue of the walls has faded over the years, and the red he mixed with blue has gone. The image below (with the lavender walls) shows Van Gogh’s painting digitally enhanced according to what conservators and art historians have learned about his painting techniques. Read more about this project here.
Here is an article and short video on the Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elías García Martínez (19th c.) in Borja, Spain that a faithful parishioner attempted to correct. Should conservators try to fix this, or leave it alone?
An exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx recreates Monet’s gardens at Giverny. Read more. Doesn’t his palette look like a garden?
Thomas Eakins’ portrait of Dr. Samuel Gross was recently restored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read more in the NYT article.
An interesting series of photographs and an interactive map of Prouts Neck, Maine, home to Winslow Homer for the last 25 years of his life, and the paintings Homer made of the sites. From the New York Times, September 6, 2009.
An interesting story from NPR on absinthe.