All posts in conservation

Restoration of Ghent Altarpiece reveals original painting

Conservators are in the home stretch of the second phase of a massive conservation of the Ghent Altarpiece. Set to finish in just a few weeks on the 24th, the second phase of the project will leave another section of the masterpiece by brothers Jan and Hubert Van Eyck looking good as new, and potentially […]

Notre Dame among sites considered at-risk by World Monuments Fund

Every two years, the World Monuments Fund (WMF), based in New York City, announces sites around the world that are deemed to be at-risk. The purpose of the list is to raise awareness for sites that are ‘in need of urgent action that demonstrate the potential to trigger social change through conservation.’ The WMF’s 2020 […]

Despite attempt to block loan of ‘Vitruvian Man,’ drawing heads to the Louvre

Just a week before the start of the Louvre’s much-anticipated blockbuster exhibition of works by Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian court threw out an appeal put forth two weeks ago that sought to keep the Vitruvian Man in Venice. With the court’s October 16th ruling, the drawing will make its way from Venice to Paris […]

Italian court halts loan of the Vitruvian Man ahead of blockbuster da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre

Just two weeks ago, Italy and France signed a deal that reinstated a 2017 deal that would green light a number of works by Leonardo da Vinci to be loaned to the Louvre for their upcoming blockbuster exhibition. It seemed that the saga, which played out over the last year, was finally put to rest. […]

Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ hidden in plain sight

Water lilies and Claude Monet (1840-1926) more or less go hand-in-hand. One of the best-known and loved Impressionist painters, Monet’s most iconic paintings are those he did of the water lilies that inhabited the pond on the grounds of the house he and his family lived in in Giverny from 1883. The lily pond there […]

‘Van Gogh and the Sunflowers’: exhibition shows off recent research on the beloved painting

After an extensive and overdue bought of research, Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 version of Sunflowers, painted just a year before his death, will be the focal point of an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam titled ‘Van Gogh and the Sunflowers.’ The popularity of the painting has made it difficult in the past […]

Lost and found: a stolen de Kooning makes its debut

In 1985, Woman-Ochre (1955) by Willem de Kooning was stolen. Cut from its frame, the painting was taken from the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) in Tucson where it had been for 27 years. The whereabouts of the painting remained a mystery until it was recovered in 2017 by Manzanita Ridge Furniture Antiques. […]