Conservation in detail

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. conservation of works by nine artists

2014 recipient Works by nine artists

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.

Spanning the course of two centuries, the preservation of works by nine African American artists illuminates their critical contributions to American culture and history and recognizes their rightful place in the canon of American art.

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Mural sketches from El hombre en el cruce de los caminos

2014 recipient Mural sketches from El hombre en el cruce de los caminos (Man at the Crossroads), 1933

Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886–1957)
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

Through the Art Conservation Project, Diego Rivera’s original mural sketches for El hombre en el cruce de los caminos (Man at the Crossroads) at the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City have been preserved. 

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Cain Slaying Abel, 1608–1609

2010 recipient Cain Slaying Abel, 1608–1609

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

Through conservation work, Cain Slaying Abel, which entered The Courtauld Gallery in 1978, is now on view again, fully conserved.

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Woman in Blue (Mujer en azul), c.1901

2010 recipient Woman in Blue (Mujer en azul), c.1901

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)
After treatment, the way the artist intended
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Restoration removed layers of varnish to reveal the painting’s intended colors, as well as Picasso’s first brushstrokes.

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Featured conservation projects

Woman in Evening Dress (Femme en robe de soirée), 1877 – 1880

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Woman in Evening Dress (Femme en robe de soirée), 1877 – 1880

Édouard Manet (French, 1832 – 1883)

2015 grant recipient

Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser, 1978

La Piscine (The Swimming Pool), late summer 1952

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

La Piscine (The Swimming Pool), late summer 1952

Henri Matisse (French, 1869 –1954)

Maquette for ceramic (realized 1999 and 2005)

2014 grant recipient

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mrs. Bernard F. Gimbel Fund, 1975 © 2022 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife, 1854

National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife, 1854

Daniel Maclise (Irish, 1806 – 1870)

2010-11 grant recipient

Mujer en azul (Woman in Blue), 1901

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Mujer en azul (Woman in Blue), 1901

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Spanish, 1881 –1973)

2010-11 grant recipient

© 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Magna Carta, 1215

Society of Antiquaries of London

Magna Carta, 1215

Founded 1707, Royal Charter, 1751
Two copies of Magna Carta

2014 grant recipient

Manuscript on vellum, copied from a discarded draft from the negotiations at Runnymede between May and June 1215 and discovered in the Society of Antiquaries of London’s Black Book of Peterborough, a volume of thirteenth-century documents relating to Peterborough Abbey

Urartian Bracelets

Rezan Has Museum, Istanbul

Urartian Bracelets

Urartian jewelry collection, ninth – seventh century B.C.E.

2012 grant recipient

The Winged Victory of Samothrace 770

Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

Greek, 190 B.C.E.

2010-11 grant recipient

Image © 2006 Musée du Louvre / Daniel Lebée et Carine Deambrosis

Jo-no-Mai (Dance Performed in a Noh Play), 1936

The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts

Jo-no-Mai (Dance Performed in a Noh Play), 1936

Uemura Shōen (Japanese, 1875 – 1949)

2015 grant recipient

Important Cultural Property

Lovers, 1929

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Lovers, 1929

Marc Chagall (French, b. Belarus, 1887–1985)

2012 grant recipient

© 2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Procissão (Procession), 1954

OCA Museum, São Paulo

Procissão (Procession), 1954

Tarsila do Amaral (Brazilian, 1886 – 1973)

2015 grant recipient

© 2022 Tarsila do Amaral

Old Man, 1946

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.

Old Man, 1946

John Biggers (American, 1924 – 2001)

Gift of Gerald and Anita Smith

2014 grant recipient

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. © 2018 John T. Biggers Estate/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, New York. Estate Represented by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Towering Peaks Wrapped in Mists, 1968

Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Towering Peaks Wrapped in Mists, 1968

Lui Shou-kwan (Chinese, 1919- 1975)

Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper 7 1/2” x 12” (19 x 31 cm)

2014 grant recipient Collection of Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Gift of Mrs. Alice Chin Wan Tam, Mrs. Helen Chan Lo Ting, and Dr. Anne Chin Par Lui, Acc. No.: 2014.0035

Untitled, 1946 László Moholy-Nagy (American, b. Hungary, 1895 – 1946)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Untitled, 1946

László Moholy-Nagy (American, b. Hungary, 1895 – 1946)

2016 grant recipient

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Gift of Albert A. Robin © 2018 Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photograph: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

El hombre controlador del universo (Man, Controller of the Universe), 1934

Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, INBA

El hombre controlador del universo (Man, Controller of the Universe), 1934

Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886 – 1957)

2014 grant recipient Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, INBA Location: Southern wall, second floor

© 2022 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

George Washington (Lansdowne portrait), 1796

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

George Washington (Lansdowne portrait), 1796

Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755 – 1828)

2014 grant recipient

Acquired as a gift to the nation through the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

Enclosed Field with Ploughman, 1889

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Enclosed Field with Ploughman, 1889

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 – 1890)

Bequest of William A. Coolidge

2015 grant recipient

All photography © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Napoleone come Marte Pacificatore (Napoléon as Mars the Peacemaker), 1809 – 1811

Associazione Amici di Brera e dei Musei Milanesi, Milan

Napoleone come Marte Pacificatore (Napoléon as Mars the Peacemaker), 1809 – 1811

Antonio Canova (Italian, 1757 - 1822)

2013 grant recipient

Mughal Emperor Akbar’s Court (1542 – 1605)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) Museum, Mumbai

Mughal Emperor Akbar’s Court (1542 – 1605)

Anvar-I Suhayli, c. 1575

Manuscript illustrations, tempera on handmade paper

2012 grant recipient

Isiphephetu (beaded aprons), c. 1950s –1980s

Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg

Isiphephetu (beaded aprons), c. 1950s –1980s

Ndebele Tribe (South African)

2010-11 grant recipient

Standard Bank Collection of African Art (Wits Art Museum)

Sea Change, 1947

Seattle Art Museum

Sea Change, 1947

Jackson Pollock (American, 1912 –1956)

2012 grant recipient

© 2022 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Diana, 1892/94

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Diana, 1892/94

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, b. Ireland, 1848 – 1907)

2013 grant recipient

The Blue Boy, 1770

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California

The Blue Boy, 1770

Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727 – 1788)

2016 grant recipient

Photography © 2017 Fredrik Nilsen

L’Atelier du peintre: Allégorie réelle déterminant une phase de sept années de ma vie artistique et morale (The Painter’s Studio: A Real Allegory Summing Up Seven Years of my Artistic and Moral Life), 1854/55

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

L’Atelier du peintre: Allégorie réelle déterminant une phase de sept années de ma vie artistique et morale (The Painter’s Studio: A Real Allegory Summing Up Seven Years of my Artistic and Moral Life), 1854/55

Gustave Courbet (French, 1819 – 1877)

2013 grant recipient

Eagle-Headed Genie, c. 883 – 859 B.C.E.

Brooklyn Museum, New York

Eagle-Headed Genie, c. 883 – 859 B.C.E.

Six Assyrian palace reliefs

2017 grant recipient

Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation

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