Understanding Paper: Structures, Watermarks, and a Conservator’s Passion
Paper conservation fellow Leonie Müller guides readers in an examination of paper’s material qualities and explains how its structures reflect the process of how it’s made.
Finding Its Footing: The Puzzles of an Ancient Amphora
In their collaborative effort to reconstruct the base of an ancient vessel, a conservator and a curator make unexpected discoveries.
Art Talk: What Can We Learn from an Ancient Silver Fragment?
A modern reconstruction of a fragmentary ancient object reveals details about its original appearance and its highly skilled manufacture.
Art Talk: Lifting the Veil from Herbert Bayer’s Verdure
In celebration of the Bauhaus centennial, one of the largest paintings in the Harvard Art Museums collections was cleaned and restored while being studied alongside preparatory works in the collections.
Faktura, Not Fiction: El Lissitzky’s Proun 12E
The market for Russian avant-garde paintings has been plagued with forgeries. Paintings conservator Ellen Davis shows—through the results of her technical examination—exactly how El Lissitzky’s Proun 12E stands apart from the fakes.
Unraveling the (Production) Secrets of an Egyptian Textile
Conservation fellow Julie Wertz studied a large, early Byzantine textile in our collections to discover how it was produced.