Conservation Articles

When Alan Sonfist’s California Earthquake came to the Paintings Conservation department for treatment, my first thought was: This graphite drawing on canvas is more a drawing on a textile than it is a painting. As...
It’s not just a simple knit 1, purl 2 project. Instead, it should carry the warning, “Requires Expert Supervision.” “It” is the knitting pattern derived from a Bolivian purse in the shape of a man in the...
The bonnets are ancient accordions in dark silk, and the calot is a waterfall of lavender. The Mongolian hat is a golden peak rising from a ruff of fur, and comes with a little set of earmuffs to match. The Textile Lab at...
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...
The British Aesthetic Movement, the subject of the exhibition The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900 at the Legion of Honor, promoted the integration of beauty and art into every aspect of life....
Claude Monet’s incomparable Water Lilies has returned to Gallery 19 at the Legion of Honor. Following its display in two important temporary exhibitions, Water Lilies visited the Fine Arts Museums’...
"Will Work for Art" takes you behind the scenes to meet the people who make the Fine Arts Museums work. This week we take you into the intriguing world of frame conservation to meet Natasa Morovic (imagine an “h” after the “...
Last week Balcomb Greene’s Six-Sided Planes made its first entry into the Museums and the acquisitions process via the registration department. This week, the painting heads upstairs to the paintings conservation...
When objects conservators design a treatment for a corroded sculpture, they often have to grapple with the issue of the artist’s intent.For instance, would Henry Moore at age 29, who made a sculpture with a shiny metallic...
The Objects Conservation Department worked with outdoor sculpture contractors from Tracy Power Conservation to conserve the Louise Nevelson sculpture Ocean Gate in 2011. The sculpture is located at the south corner...

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