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The Paintings Conservation department at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is currently undertaking a three-year treatment of François Boucher’s Vertumnus and Pomona (ca. 1757), funded by a generous grant from...
In 1989, the Fine Arts Museums became permanent caretakers for a very special musical instrument: a 1742 Guarneri violin, bequeathed by one of the world’s most accomplished and influential violinists, Jascha Heifetz (1901–...
Thanks to a generous grant from the 2017 Bank of America Conservation Project, Morris Louis’s painting No. 11 (1961) has undergone major conservation treatment. Louis (American, 1912–1962) is widely acclaimed for...
In the eighteenth century, women in European society used fans as dynamic objects to convey emotions, flick away suitors, and keep themselves cool. As such, fans were repeatedly folded and unfolded, causing their materials...
The Textile Conservation Lab recently had two fascinating (and beautiful) examples of the weaving technique “double weave” in the lab at the same time: a length of fabric designed by William Morris in 1878–1881, woven on a...
At approximately 10 by 6 feet, Vertumnus and Pomona (1757), by François Boucher and his studio, is one of the largest paintings in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s European collection. Vertumnus, the Roman...
In 2009, senior registrar Stephen Lockwood came across a series of ledger books while examining the de Young’s offsite storage facility. These antique books contained detailed records of the weather and daily attendance at...
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...

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