behind-the-scenes Articles

A painted pot sits on a riser while a female technician adjusts its base
The Thomas Weisel Family’s recent gift of Native American art is comprised in large part of pottery, including rare Mimbres pieces that date back to the 11th century. Approximately 50 pieces of Mimbres and Pueblo pottery...
A shelf filled with books
Before I joined the Fine Arts Museums seven years ago as an editor, I did not know such a job existed in the museum world. It is not a role that merits much attention—in fact, the more invisible the editor’s hand, the better...
The backside of a painting with labels detailing its world travels
In keeping with the collaborative spirit of Matisse from SFMOMA, currently on view at the Legion of Honor, we’ve teamed up with SFMOMA to bring you this blog post, which originally appeared on SFMOMA’s Facebook...
The monumental tapestry (and the only one of its kind) The Triumph of Justice
For the first time ever, three prized tapestries from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection will be exhibited together in the Legion of Honor’s Gallery 1. The entire series, known as The Triumph...
A conservator installing the web-like construction by Mattew Picton
In 2004 artist Matthew Picton laid a sheet of plastic over the cracks in the asphalt of a playground. He traced the cracks and painted them with black enamel paint. Then he carefully cut and burned away the plastic...
Conservation intern Laura Neufeld works on Pier Gustafson's paper suitcase
One of the most exciting aspects of working in paper conservation at the Legion of Honor is the variety of objects encountered on a daily basis. When working on a 17th-century print, for example, conservation intern Laura...
Deconstruction
Almost as soon as the Salon Doré was de-installed from Gallery 11 late last year, the comprehensive conservation and restoration project began (and continues today in full view of the public in Gallery 13). Before a single...
Delff detail
The special exhibition Rembrandt’s Century, currently on view alongside Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, is striking both in its breadth and for the fact that the works...
carving
As the digital media interpretive media fellow at the de Young and the Legion of Honor, my primary role is to digitally document and interpret the yearlong project The Salon Doré: The Conservation of a Period Room,...

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