Watch DIA art conservator Becca Goodman restore a damaged painting in a public gallery every Thursday from March 7 through April 11, 2019. The role of an art conservator is to examine, document, and preserve works of art using their expertise in both art and science. Conservators adhere to a code of ethics that requires them to respect all cultural heritage, make informed decisions, and remain transparent about their work. This is an opportunity to view that work in progress.
Goodman is currently treating "Portrait of a Man" by Jan Hals from 1644. The oil painting was likely damaged during a cleaning and repair campaign performed before it came to the DIA in the 1930s. Previous DIA conservators removed the varnish and non-original paint. Goodman is currently "inpainting," adding color to the areas without paint.
On Thursdays, she will give 10-minute talks on the hour at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., with a break between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Outside of these times, visitors are welcome to ask her questions.
This fellowship is supported by a grant from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.