Conservation Articles

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is home to a unique collection of 167 film negatives taken by photographer Arnold Genthe chronicling the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fires. The negatives were acquired by the...
Visitors to the Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade may be surprised to learn that hat making was a dangerous business, due to the introduction of mercury to the process of preparing fur pelts in the...
One of the most exciting aspects of working in paper conservation at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is the variety of objects encountered on a daily basis. Pier Gustafson’s Father’s Suitcase is a one-of-a...
When we think of X-rays, we immediately think of images of our bodies. We know that X-rays can reveal a broken bone for example, but they can also give us information about what is happening inside inanimate objects.Chairs...
Geneva Griswold, the former Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation, talked with us about how she and her colleagues keep Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker looking its very best. 
Museum conservators recently used 3D printing to build a custom cradle to hold the intricate interior of an 18th-century French clock as it underwent conservation.
Beginning in 2012, curators and conservators worked together to restore a 18th-century French period room known as the Salon Doré. Comprised of hundreds of components, including intricate gilded pilasters and panels, plaster...
Debra Evans, head conservator, and Victoria Binder, associate conservator, discuss the challenges of moving this massive artwork, the pressure of working against the clock, and why you shouldn’t bother asking a conservator...
The exhibition On the Grid: Textiles & Minimalism presented the textile conservation lab with a variety of mounting challenges. Among these challenges was determining the ideal way to display a dip-dyed and hand...

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