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When one looks at a work of art, one sees the history of the object itself. The effects of time, environment, past repairs, and restorations become part of the work’s current appearance. In some cases, an artwork may require conservation treatment to repair, reverse or stabilize its condition.
In 2009, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, La Salle University Art Museum conducted a conservation survey of the paintings, drawings, and watercolors in its collection. In 2010, with support from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Art Museum conducted a conservation survey of its collection of Indian Miniatures. This online exhibition features highlights from these surveys with the goal of encouraging public interest in and support for conservation initiatives.
Based on the recommendations of conservation surveys, the Art Museum has conserved artworks determined to be in critical need of stabilization, with the highest priority given to artworks on display in greatest need of paint consolidation. The Art Museum has also conserved selected artworks which were not included in these surveys: a portrait of Whistler received as a gift in 2011 from the Rosenbach Museum and Library; and a group of original drawings which required conservation as part of a 2011 rematting and reglazing project funded by IMLS/Bank of America. We are grateful for the generous conservation support provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Stockman Family Foundation, the Irwin Nat and Marjorie M. Pincus Endowment Fund, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Art Museum's Art Angels.
This online exhibition is designed to educate the public about the processes and techniques of art conservation, and to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our shared cultural heritage. We will continue to seek support to fund the treatment costs to conserve, stabilize and preserve artworks in our collection for future generations to study and enjoy.