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Not Your Average Cleaning

Faced with the challenge of washing 42 windows one might think it would take at least a team of people a whole day to accomplish this task, but not when you have us on the job! Especially if those windows happen to be only a few inches in size. Read about a dollhouse conservation project currently underway by a group of UD undergraduate conservation students.

Follow the Class of 2019 on Instagram

  • WUDPAC 2019 instagram

The WUDPAC Class of 2019 are chronicling their first year studies with images posted on Instagram. Through images and captions, the students hope to give visitors some insight into their day-to-day activities: lectures, projects, field trips, internships, and more.

How science aids conservation

Winterthur Senior Conservator of Objects and WUDPAC Professor Bruno Pouliot is featured in a new article that delves into how conservators maintain the delicate balance between critical thought and scientific analysis.

Preserving natural disasters

In a recent post on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco blog, WUDPAC Fellow José Luis Lazarte Fellow discusses his graduate internship at FAMSF working with the materials of Alan Sonfist, an artist whose pencil renderings of seismograms immortalized two California earthquakes.

Cleaning with care

In a video recently released by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, WUDPAC alumna Lydia Vagts—the museum's Cunningham Associate Conservator of Paintings—discusses the considerations involved in her treatment of Van Gogh's 1890 painting “House at Auvers.”

Student Blog: Denver Art Museum

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  • Gottschlich blog.   An original soap bar (left) and the faux soap wax replica (right)
  • Gottschlich blog. Several packaged soaps and candles belonging to the AIGA Design archive
  • Gottschlich blog. Removing dust from the top of a candle in the AIGA Design Archive (courtesy of N. Feldman)

In this blog post, WUDPAC Class of 2016 Fellow Lauren Gottschlich shares her internship experience amongst the wide-ranging collections at the Denver Art Museum, including how her early days at WUDPAC informed her work with tricky materials, such as soaps and waxes.

Conservators plan study trip to Cuba

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced plans to send a group of U.S. conservators, students, and graduates from the University of Delaware to Cuba to learn about the preservation challenges faced there.

The conservation detective

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  • Gerrit Albertson. "The Bibliophile," a 1932 painting by Susan Macdowell Eakins, is painted over an unfinished portrait of a man (courtesy of the Bryn Mawr College Special Collections Dept).
  • Gerrit Albertson. Eakins. spectroscopic imagery, beneath the seated reader, there is an unfinished, sketchy-looking painting of a half-length male figure; the head is visible (courtesy NGA).

The work of WUDPAC Fellow Gerritt Albertson was recently featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about the surprising secret hidden beneath a painting by Susan Macdowell Eakins.

Art conservation and the markings of time

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  • ARTC eblast June 2016. Fellow Jessica Chasen applying cyclodo-decane to the cracks in the ivory with  a kistka
  • ARTC eblast June 2016. Chasen.solvent gel being used  to reduce the paint stains on the ivory.
  • ARTC eblast June 2016. Chasen. Two of the forks, versos before treatment.
  • ARTC eblast June 2016. Chasen. Two of the forks, versos after treatment and re-numbering.
  • ARTC eblast June 2016. Chasen. An X-radiograph of the cutlery reveals  hollow handles with internal tang and counterweights.

It was not illegal in the 19th century to import elephant ivory; the material was exotic to early Americans, and highly valued. WUDPAC Fellow Jessica Chasen recently began treating six ivory-handled knives and forks from the Winterthur Museum’s collection, made by a firm called Horton & Co. in Sheffield, England, and once displayed in the museum’s Pine Kitchen.

Art conservation and bygone modernity

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  • ARTC eblast May 2016. Sam Owens. Recto detail of paste stones and band, before treatment.
  • ARTC eblast May 2016. Sam Owens. Recto of comb with missing tooth, before treatment.
  • ARTC eblast May 2016. Sam Owens. Verso of comb with missing tooth, before treatment.
  • ARTC eblast May 2016. WUDPAC Fellow Samantha Owens applies gentle weight after heating and humidification of deformed area of comb
  • ARTC eblast May 2016. Sam Owens.  selection  of tinted epoxies.
  • ARTC eblast May 2016. Sam Owens. he replacement tooth made with tinted epoxy imitating tortoiseshell.

Decorative hair combs were a popular adornment for the heavy, upswept hairstyles popular before World War I. Many of these combs were made from a very modern material – plastic – which presented conservation challenges for second-year Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation Fellow Samantha Owens.

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