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First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection
Exhibition

First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

Jun 1, 2014–Apr 19, 2015

A completely new exhibition in the textile art galleries features more than 20 quilts arranged in nine thematic groupings. Each section invites viewers to look closely at the different themes and variations. Visitors can discover common roots for motifs and patterns and creative differences in materials and techniques. More than half of the objects are recent acquisitions on view for the first time, while others, including The Matterhorn quilt (pictured below), are well-known treasures of the collection. More

A Big Grant Makes a Big Difference for Textile Art
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A Big Grant Makes a Big Difference for Textile Art

In March 2013, the Denver Art Museum received a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York to establish an endowment for the textile conservator in the museum’s conservation department. This prestigious award also included funds to create the first-ever fellowship in textile art conservation at the DAM. More

Behind the Collection Doors: Storing the Textile Art Collection at the Denver Art Museum
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Behind the Collection Doors: Storing the Textile Art Collection at the Denver Art Museum

Last spring, the collections management department was busy preparing for the opening of the new textile art gallery and its inaugural exhibition, Cover Story, which features objects from the Denver Art Museum’s permanent textile art collection. In addition, the department also prepared the textile art permanent collection to be moved to a storage area near the gallery and preview spaces. More

Canaletto - Frame Conservation
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Canaletto - Frame Conservation

Part 12 of Conserving a Canaletto

Also part of the TEFAF was the conservation of the painting’s frame. The frame is "period," meaning stylistically it is of similar age as that of the painting, but not original to our Canaletto. This is not surprising since frames, historically, were not really perceived as works of art themselves and, indeed, the idea of placing a higher value on the “package” of both the painting and its original frame is a relatively new concept. Our frame is constructed of wood with hand-carved elements originally gilded using water and oil gilding techniques. More

The Cosmetic Phase
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The Cosmetic Phase

Part 11 of Conserving a Canaletto

The idea of reversibility is a very important concept in modern conservation practice. I chose materials with good and known aging characteristics, understanding that my work may need to be removed and/or redone, in the future. It is important that my conservation treatments are reversible. I know that the adhesive I chose to bond the original and lining canvases could be separated in the future and will not cause further harm to the artwork. More

Lining the Painting
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Lining the Painting

Part 10 of Conserving a Canaletto

Now that I’ve reduced the distracting bumps caused by the previous lining adhesive, I must now re-line the picture to another auxiliary canvas support. I was hoping not to have to re-line the picture, but it was not possible to locally mend the tear since the fibers along the tear edges were too frayed and weak. More

Canaletto Masterwork Restored
Exhibition

Canaletto Masterwork Restored

On View through October 1, 2017

Following nearly one year of conservation treatment, an Italian masterwork discovered in the Denver Art Museum storage is on view. Since spring 2012, we have been writing updates about behind-the-scenes discoveries and decisions related to the restoration. More

Beginning the Structural Work
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Beginning the Structural Work

Part 9 of Conserving a Canaletto

It’s now time to move onto the structural phase of the conservation treatment for the Canaletto work. Structural work entails further securing of any loose media, such as paint or ground, and any repairs if necessary to the canvas and stretcher. Our Canaletto was lined in the past, which means that the original canvas was adhered to a secondary canvas. There are a variety of reasons historically why paintings were lined, but in the case of the Canaletto it was most likely due to the tear in the original canvas. More

The Craft and Care of East Asian Lacquer
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The Craft and Care of East Asian Lacquer

East Asian lacquer has very particular conservation concerns due to the nature of its materials and construction. To care for it most effectively, it is important to understand how it is made and what factors contribute to its degradation over time. More

Cleaning Complete
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Cleaning Complete

Part 8 of Conserving a Canaletto

After many hours and consultations with Timothy, cleaning is complete. I am always amazed at how much more one sees of a picture once the discolored varnish is removed—subtle details in the composition become visible and the picture's overall sense of depth is enhanced. More

Turret We Discovered Has Us Wondering
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Turret We Discovered Has Us Wondering

Part 7 of Conserving a Canaletto

I’ve been cleaning the Canaletto, taking my Q-tips to the surface and gently removing all of the restorer-applied discolored varnish and overpaint. Upon removal of some overpaint, an area discussed in our earlier video post, I discovered a turret, or tower. This is a pretty exciting discovery. More

Considerations in Our Cleaning Decisions
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Considerations in Our Cleaning Decisions

Part 6 of Conserving a Canaletto

It's likely you have a photograph, painting, illustrated card, or drawing that just doesn't look the same as it did when you first brought it home. Heck, you probably have a shirt that isn't as bright as it once was and maybe there's a stain or two on it reminding you of a not-so-graceful moment. The world is a tough place and the effects of temperature, light, water/humidity, and other humans mark us and our things without fail. More

Cleaning Decisions Videos
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Cleaning Decisions Videos

Part 5 of Conserving a Canaletto

Now that the painting has gotten a thorough check-up and health assessment by the curatorial and conservation teams, it is time to decide how best to treat it. More

A Look Inside the Textile Conservation Process
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A Look Inside the Textile Conservation Process

In the beginning of the summer, I began working at the DAM. Since then, I have been reviewing objects selected for upcoming textile art exhibitions to determine the conservation treatments that will be required and ensuring that necessary supplies and equipment are on hand to perform the treatments. I am undertaking the conservation of textile-based collections in the Margaret Page Conservation Laboratory in the lower level of the Hamilton Building. More