Conservation

A Layered History

Recent analysis and conservation of an 18th-century bust of William Pitt, by Joseph Wilton, led to some important discoveries. The work is featured in our Philosophy Chamber exhibition.

The Gettens Cabinet

While it may look outdated, this Straus Center object is an important modern-day resource.

By Anna Lin-Schweitzer

The Science of Ceramics

A multidisciplinary team is conducting groundbreaking research on numbered Jun ware.

In Focus: Materials Lab

Art appreciation and investigation intersect in the Materials Lab, a one-of-a-kind studio space in the Harvard Art Museums.

Uniting Art and Science, Maille Radford Scores a Harvard First

Maille Radford knows the Harvard Art Museums better than most; the graduating Harvard College senior just completed an internship in the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies and has been a Student Board member since her freshman year. She’s also the first student to graduate from Har...

Microclimates in the Museums

Certain objects in the museums’ collections require display and storage conditions tailored to their individual needs. That’s where “microclimates” come in.

Straight from the Artists

Conservator-led artist interviews shed light on objects in the museums’ collections.

The Impossible, Made Real

How does an artist turn a seemingly impossible idea into reality? How do we ensure that future generations can view art made from ephemeral materials? Those questions are at the heart of curators and conservators’ joint approach to A Flor de Piel (2013), a work featured in the special exhibition Dor...

In Focus: The Naumburg Room

The story of the Harvard Art Museums’ Naumburg Room reaches from early 20th-century New York to modern-day Cambridge. Learn more about this hidden gem. 

A New Emphasis on Textiles

A number of the museums’ textiles from early Byzantine Egypt have recently undergone conservation and analysis, thanks to support from the Hagop Kevorkian Fund. The newly treated textiles can now be seen in a series of gallery installations.