A radio segment on Delaware Public Media brings attention to the conservation of a large, historic map from UD's collection. From the delawarepublic.org article by Sophia Schmidt:
“It’s a gorgeous Italian baroque print, it’s huge, it’s in 6 oversized
leaves, and we have three students working collaboratively because it’s
such a challenging project in terms of size and the treatment steps,”
said Joan Irving, paper conservator and assistant professor in the
Winterthur-UD Program in Art Conservation. A stain running through its center and small tears around the edges
currently prevent the map from being exhibited. But the students hope
restoration will allow it to be viewed publicly one day. . . . Emily Farek, one of the graduate fellows, says conservation
ensures people get a chance to see the etchings of this second century
Roman emperor’s vacation complex. “They would be fine if we didn’t treat them, but they would probably spend their life in storage,” she said. Instead, she says the door is now open for UD to exhibit the map someday. Graduate Fellow Victoria Wong says documenting the restoration process is important.
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