|from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum|
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Another Look at Conservation
A few weeks back, this blog provided us with a neat view of the conservation process involved with drawings. Paintings require similar, meticulous work in order to mitigate damage or "correct" inconsistencies that can occur over time. I regularly keep an eye out for articles addressing museum conservation practices as I find it fascinating (and a bit daunting) to know museum standards hold that any conservation treatment done to work of art should be reversible. In addition, there is some controversy involved with attempts to "restore" art works to their "original" conditions considering it is not usually the hand of the artist who can make the necessary repairs. Furthermore, the attribution of a work to a specific artist can change, or even be changed, at the hands of museum conservators.
A recent article concerning renewed attribution involves the head of conservation at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Gianfranco Pocobene. He recently conserved a Diego Velazquez (or is it?) portrait of Spain's Philip IV. For a look at the Boston Globe article and embedded video concerning the portrait, click the link and see what you think!