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Gorham silver cleaning project leads to unexpected student collaboration and learning.
Understanding historic frames and how to care for them can be a complicated matter.
There’s always more to be discovered: Hidden in plain sight since the 11th century, two inscriptions were found during conservation of the Museum’s Dainichi Buddha.
While the sixth-floor galleries are undergoing an extensive renovation, the Museum is carefully studying and conducting conservation work on the monumental 12th-century wooden Dainichi Nyorai Buddha. When the Buddha is returned to its gallery in late spring 2014, it will be stabilized and we’ll know much more about the art that went into creating this nearly 10-foot-tall sculpture.
For conservators, fabrics incorporating metallic components raise complex questions about construction, materials, and manufacturing techniques, all of which impact how an object will be stabilized and displayed
RISD Museum conservator Ingrid Neuman discusses the challenges in caring for objects made from this ubiquitous material
Isabella McCormick (Brown/RISD 2015) explores the intricacies of the Gorham Narragansett Salad Set and their reflections on Rhode Island culture, insights gained from her meticulous cleaning of the utensils as part of her Mellon Summer Internship in conservation.
Summer intern Erin Hein reflects on her experience restoring a frame, possibly from the 19th century, for a John La Farge drawing after Gericault.
Double Take looks at one object two different ways.
Cleaning an object can be as much about discovery as it is about removing accumulated dust and grime.