Conservation

Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the Department of Paintings Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art discussed his treatment and technical study of Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, which is featured in the current special exhibition Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery.

October 8, 2010. Dr. Fredric T. Schneider, Independent Scholar, New York, gives his lecture "Japanese Cloisonné Enameling on Glass Substrate, from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present" for the 3rd Biennial ICOM-CC Experts' Meeting on Enamel on Metal Conservation at The Frick Collection, October 8–9, 2010.

October 8, 2010, Agnès Gall Ortlik, Conservator in Private Practice, Barcelona, gives her lecture "A Concise Bibliography on the Technology, Deterioration, and Conservation of Enamels on Metal" for the 3rd Biennial ICOM-CC Experts' Meeting on Enamel on Metal Conservation, held at The Frick Collection, October 8–9, 2010.

October 8, 2010. Birgit Schwahn, Diplom-Restauratorin, Staaliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Germany, gives her lecture "Footed Bowl or Only A Bowl? The Investigation of a Seventeenth-Century Limoges Painted Enamel Object" for the 3rd Biennial ICOM-CC Experts' Meeting on Enamel on Metal Conservation at The Frick Collection, October 8–9, 2010.

October 8, 2010. Angelo Agostino, Scientist, Dipartimento di Chimica Generale e Chimica Organica, Università di Torino, gives his lecture "Authentication of Limoges Enamels by Noninvasive Techniques: The Larcade Collection" for the 3rd Biennial ICOM-CC Experts' Meeting on Enamel on Metal Conservation at The Frick Collection, October 8–9, 2010.

"Up and Down the Garden Path: Secrets of La Promenade Revealed," by Colin B. Bailey, The Frick Collection, and Charlotte Hale, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Saturday, May 5, 2012.  The Frick's Promenade is the most important Impressionist painting acquired by Henry Clay Frick. In researching this well-known work for the exhibition Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting, many technical and documentary discoveries were made.

Frame Survey

Thanks to a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Conservation Department conducted a survey of all the picture frames in the collection in 2008–2009. These sometimes overlooked yet spectacularly crafted objects were carefully studied and documented. Conservator Joseph Godla and Associate Curator Charlotte Vignon worked with specialists from The Metropolitan Museum of Art to obtain basic cataloguing information and record the condition, materials, technical data, and construction techniques for each frame.

Enamels Survey

An assessment of the condition of the enamels in The Frick Collection has been carried out at different times throughout the history of the Collection. Condition notes were published in the Frick catalogues in 1955 and 1977, written by art historians Joseph Breck and Phillipe Verdier, respectively. In addition, more systematic surveys were carried out by conservators Harry Nelson in 1963 and 1972 and Rostislav Hlopoff in 1966.

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