A recent photo feature showcases the careful work of conservation staff at the Walters Art Museum, home to several WUDPAC alumnae including Pamela Betts (Class of 2000) and Catherine Magee (Class of 2016), and host to WUDPAC intern Amaris Sturm (Class of 2018).
From the Baltimore Sun's feature by Lloyd Cox:
The conservation lab at The Walters Art Museum is one of the oldest in
America. It began when the museum opened it’s doors as a public
institution in 1934 soon after Henry Walters bequeathed the building and
22,000 pieces of his art collection to the city of Baltimore. The
Department of Conservation and Technical Research at the museum is made
up of eight conservators and one conservation scientist. All of them
are highly skilled and have extensive training in the fine arts to be
able to preserve and restore many kinds of artwork including, paintings,
books, manuscripts and other rare objects from around the world. While
the conservators mainly prepare art for exhibition, they also work on
the art to stabilize it for preservation purposes. The conservators can
spend as little as a few hours working on a piece, or as long as six
years as was the case with three large Italian Renaissance panel
paintings dated from 1460 to 1470 that will be on display at the museum
in the future.
To see the full complement of images, visit the Sun's Darkroom website here.