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Since 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 28 countries for 85 conservation projects.

Earle after

CONSERVATION IN DETAIL for

The National Museum of African American History and Culture
Multiple artists

The National Museum of African American History and Culture
Multiple artists


Earle Wilton Richardson (American, 1912 – 1935); Self Portrait, c. 1934; Oil on canvas 22 1/2" × 19 1/2" (57.2 × 49.5 cm)

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), scheduled to open in the spring of 2016, will be the nineteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution and the only national museum devoted to documenting African American history and culture.

View conservationThe National Museum of African American History and Culture Multiple artists
Cain slaying abel

CONSERVATION IN DETAIL for

The Courtauld Gallery, London
Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)

The Courtauld Gallery, London
Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)


Cain Slaying Abel, 1608–1609; Oil on panel 131.2 x 94.2 cm (51-3/4” x 37”)

Cain Slaying Abel entered The Courtauld Gallery in 1978 and is now on view again, fully conserved. Its condition – with warped panels, splitting joins, scratches and an uneven surface with areas of paint loss and yellowed and opaque varnish – had been a long-standing concern. At some point during the nineteenth century, a lattice of wood, known as a cradle, was applied to the reverse of the panel. This was intended to prevent the planks from moving but had caused stress to the panel support and had also attracted woodworm.

View conservationThe Courtauld Gallery, London Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)

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