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The Art of Painting Conservation

  • Museum of Old Newbury 98 High Street Newburyport, MA, 01950 United States (map)

Learn about the art of painting conservation with Theresa Carmichael, owner of Carmichael Art Conservation in Bedford, MA.  Theresa has conserved several portraits of Cushing family members from the museum's collection, and her talk will explain the processes she used on these and other paintings.  

Working with a blend of artistic and scientific tools, conservators like Theresa restore paintings to give them vibrancy, clarity, and stability.  Conservation can be a transformative process, taking a painting from damaged and dull to bright and lively.  A well-conserved painting showcases the artist's skill and allows contemporary viewers to see the work without signs of age or distress.

After the talk, Theresa and her colleague Geraldine Brooks will be offering free condition analyses and treatment proposals on YOUR art.  If you've ever wondered about getting a painting conserved, bring it for an evaluation.  

Theresa holds diplomas from the l’universita Internazionale del Arte in Florence, Italy, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and the center for Conservation and technical studies at Harvard University.  She has been working in the field for over 30 years and is a member of the American Institute of Conservation, the International Institute of conservation, and the New England Conservation Association.

Lydia Cushing, 1849
By Thomas Bayley Lawson
Before Treatment

Lydia Cushing, 1849
By Thomas Bayley Lawson
After Treatment

Sunday, April 23 at the Museum of Old Newbury
Space is limited; contact or 978-462-2681 to reserve your seat
Free and open to the public; sponsored in part by the Institution for Savings.

Earlier Event: April 13
Keeping the Past Alive!