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Gallery Talk: New Frames for the Renovated Museums

X-radiograph of the Master of the Fogg Pietà’s The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, 2008. Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums, Alan Burroughs Collection of X-Radiographs, 1927.306.X.2.

Gallery Talk

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Why would a painting need a new frame? How do you tell if a frame is original to a painting? What makes a frame accurate for a painting?

Frames conservator Allison Jackson will discuss the materials she uses and the decision-making and production process of conserving frames. She will focus on the Master of the Fogg Pietà’s Lamentation over the Dead Christ, Joos Van Cleve’s Saint Jerome in His Study, and Scipione Pulzone’s Cardinal Alessandrino.

Our galleries are full of stories—this series of drop-in talks gives visitors a chance to hear the best ones! The talks highlight new works on view, take a fresh look at old favorites, investigate artists’ materials and techniques, and reveal the latest discoveries by curators, conservators, fellows, visiting artists, technologists, and other contributors.

Offered by:
Allison Jackson, Assistant Conservator of Frames

Free with museums admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before each talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk. Museums staff will be on hand to collect tickets.