Discovering art that lies underneath

Richard Diebenkorn’s work, “Window,” is a beautiful piece of art on its own. But thanks to support from Bank of America, conservators at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center were able to discover a hidden treasure within the painting itself.

Bank of America recently awarded an Art Conservation Project grant to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University to restore the Bay Area artist’s original work. Additionally, to help explore a hidden “underpainting” which was discovered last year, new infrared reflectography equipment was purchased. The hidden work was initially discovered by a Stanford Arts Fellow working at the Cantor Arts Center using a special infrared camera.

Being able to preserve and explore art with technology speaks to the innovative environment characteristic of Silicon Valley.

Raquel González
Silicon Valley market president for Bank of America

This grant provides a unique opportunity that merges technology and the arts to capture the true character of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

The painting was also brought to Stanford Hospital in order to have an X-ray to determine what lay beneath the canvas. By combining X-rays and the infrared images, conservators hope to obtain a better picture of what is below “Window.”

“Being able to preserve and explore art with technology speaks to the innovative environment characteristic of Silicon Valley,” said Raquel González, Silicon Valley market president, Bank of America.

The bank’s Art Conservation Project helps museums around the world conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Since the program’s launch in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 29 countries supporting over 100 conservation projects.

7/19/2017

 

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