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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

Passport to Paris
Exhibition

Passport to Paris

Oct 27, 2013–Feb 9, 2014

Update: Passport to Paris is sold out. Nature as Muse, the Impressionist landscapes exhibition that is part of Passport to Paris, will reopen at general admission pricing Feb. 12–March 23. Thank you for your interest! More

Nick Cave: Sojourn
Exhibition

Nick Cave: Sojourn

Jun 9, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

“Artist Nick Cave’s gorgeous creations are a must-see at the DAM....” – Michael Paglia, Westword

Sojourn will delight audiences of all ages with its sophisticated blend of color and whimsy." – Westword

Nick Cave: Sojourn is a multisensory experience unlike any other.... Cave’s imagination is a whimsical, talented land that begs you to immerse yourself.”– Daliah Singer, 5280 More

Cleaning Complete
Blog: Conservation

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

Dana Schutz Paints the Impossible by Starting with Questions
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Dana Schutz Paints the Impossible by Starting with Questions

How does a painter begin to paint the impossible? For Dana Schutz, who doesn’t paint from observation or photographic sources, the process of visualizing events no one has ever seen before begins in her imagination and involves both asking a lot of questions and methodically developing answers. Often, one of those questions is not “What does an action look like?” but “What does it feel like?” In order to communicate feelings, Schutz relies on evocative titles, dozens of colors developed through hours of mixing paint, lists of possibilities to consider, and numerous sketches. More

Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico
Exhibition

Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico

Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land
Feb 10, 2013–Apr 28, 2013

The exhibition brings to light a relatively unknown aspect of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and thinking—her deep respect for the diverse and distinctive cultures of northern New Mexico. Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land features 53 O’Keeffe works including 15 rarely seen pictures of different Hopi katsina tihu, along with examples of these types of figures. More

Rocky Mountain Majesty
Exhibition

Rocky Mountain Majesty

The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams
Dec 16, 2012–Sep 8, 2013

Charles Partridge Adams was a Colorado landscape painter active during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams marks the first time that Adams’ paintings will be displayed together at a major art museum; and the Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue for this important exhibition that highlights his greatest paintings of Colorado. More

Conserving a Canaletto
Blog: Conservation

Conserving a Canaletto

DAM Blog Post Series Documents Masterwork's Restoration

February 16, 2013, update: The Canaletto artwork is now fully restored and on view on Level Six of the North Building.

Denver Art Museum staff are publishing a multi-part series on a long lost painting recently located in our collections. More

Techniques Reveal Location, Extent of Damage
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Techniques Reveal Location, Extent of Damage

Part 4 of Conserving a Canaletto

In this post I will review (with pictures!) my findings. The techniques discussed were: normal, raking and specular illumination, ultraviolet-A radiation, and x-radiation. I was able to gather useful information from all of the techniques for my assessment. More

Painting in Better Condition Than Anticipated
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Painting in Better Condition Than Anticipated

Part 3 of Conserving a Canaletto

I’ve finally been able to more closely examine the Canaletto to gain a better understanding of its present overall condition and treatment history. Generally, the picture is in better shape than I anticipated. To come to that conclusion I used a variety of evaluative and analytical techniques to assess the painting’s structural and aesthetic state. More

Exhibit Explores Prized Functional Items in Spanish America
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Exhibit Explores Prized Functional Items in Spanish America

One exhibit on view at the DAM through November 2014 highlights how art was an essential part of daily life in Spanish America. Personal Effects: Art & Home in South America includes a number of small jewel-like objects of the highest quality—polychromed wood and ivory sculpture, exquisite pieces of silver, a magnificent illuminated manuscript and a portrait miniature painted on ivory. Many of the objects on view were prized possessions while serving practical domestic functions such as storing jewelry and writing materials. More

Even Unknown Masterworks can be Found in Museum Storage
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Even Unknown Masterworks can be Found in Museum Storage

Part 2 of Conserving a Canaletto

My story is about the discovery and subsequent process of reaching consensus on the attribution of an unpublished early work by the Italian veduto (vista or views) painter Giovanni Antonio Canal, called il Canaletto I 1697 – 1768 at the Denver Art Museum. More

Discovering a Long Lost Masterwork, and the Road Ahead
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Discovering a Long Lost Masterwork, and the Road Ahead

Part 1 of Conserving a Canaletto

I was happy to hear from Timothy Standring, the curator of European painting and sculpture, that the Denver Art Museum was awarded the TEFAF grant to treat a long lost Canaletto picture, Venice: the Molo from the Bacino di San Marco. More

Changing Landscapes: Themes in 19th Century French and American Painting
Exhibition

Changing Landscapes: Themes in 19th Century French and American Painting

Aug 13, 2011–Feb 5, 2012

A selection of landscapes on view in our level six European and American art galleries trace the development of landscape painting among artists of the late 19th century Barbizon movement in France and some of their contemporaries in the United States. These paintings are part of a University of Denver student-curated exhibition; the rest of the exhibition is on view in the university’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery through November 13, 2011. Works by Corot, Dupré, Millet, and others are featured at the two locations. More

The Roath Collection
Exhibition

The Roath Collection

Dec 23, 2011–Jul 27, 2014

The Roath Collection includes more than 100 works ranging in date from the 1870s to the 1970s with a focus on art of the American Southwest. With iconic works from nearly every artist associated with the Taos Society of Artists, this collection is one of the best groups of Western American art in private hands. The collection also includes major works by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington and Henry Farny, to name a few. The museum has selected 65 works that will be displayed in the permanent galleries for Western American art. More

European & American Art
Collection

European & American Art

European & American Art Galleries, Level 6, North Building

The department of painting and sculpture oversees the European art collection before 1900 and the American art collection before 1945. Together they include more than 3,000 artworks and are composed of painting, sculpture, and prints. More