On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, our third-year Fellows in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation will return to Winterthur to present formal illustrated lectures about their internship experiences. We hope you will join us to celebrate their accomplishments.
The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation is holding its annual Portfolio Day and open house on October 7 at the Winterthur Museum. Current Fellows in the program will share their pre-program portfolios and experiences with prospective applicants. Faculty will be in attendance to answer questions and there will be tours of the labs.
The web site for the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is currently featuring a blog post by former UD visiting scholar Sagita Sunara on collaborative efforts underway in Croatia to preserve outdoor sculptures from a historical artists' colony.
A video of Class of 2011 alumna Caroline Roberts discussing her documentation and analysis of green pigments on Late period through Roman period Egyptian artifacts in now available on the American Schools of Oriental Research web site.
Nineteenth-century travelers, valued pictures as mementoes of their trips. Those wealthy enough to travel would buy paintings from artists who catered to the vacation trade. One example, an impressionistic landscape painting called The City Gate, St. Augustine, recently became a treatment project for paintings major and WUDPAC Fellow Sydney Beall.
In this blog post, WUDPAC Class of 2015 Fellow Emily Brown shares the range of experiences provided by her third-year internships in objects conservation, including her work on an oyster shell in a silver and gilt-silver metal mount made in the late 19th century by the Parisan goldsmith firm Froment-Meurice.
Damaged in an earthquake, riddled with worm holes and covered in dirt and grime, the 37-inch tall Madonna of the Immaculate Conception arrived at WUDPAC in very poor condition. But the polychrome Ecuadoran statue is much beloved by its current owner, who cradled it in a baby blanket when she delivered it, and it was welcomed as a treatment project by second-year fellow Bianca Garcia.
When a colorful fraktur valentine became a treatment project this year for WUDPAC Fellow Jacinta Johnson, little was known about the cutwork except that it was created around the year 1800 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is an example of a well-known style of Pennsylvania German Folk Art used for documents or certificates of births, marriages, or house blessings. Fraktur valentines were also made, and Jacinta’s valentine was covered by a love poem written in old German text.
Sometimes a shoebox offers up both shoes and memories. The shoe project was part of a collaboration between the Department of Art Conservation and UD’s School of Nursing, to celebrate the school's upcoming anniversary by cataloging, digitizing, and preserving nursing memorabilia.
In this blog post, WUDPAC Class of 2015 Fellow Austin Plann Curley shares his experience working with an international team of conservators at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, including the collaborative treatment of a 1535 text from the library's extensive collection of early modern books and manuscripts.