#restoration

Ancient Art

Have You Ever Seen Ancient Sculptures’ Colors?

We admire the beauty and plasticity of ancient sculptures, how harmoniously they fit into the surrounding landscape. But we rarely ask ourselves the...

Elizaveta Ermakova 14 March 2022

Women Artists

Healing Violante Ferroni’s Paintings at San Giovanni di Dio Hospital

In the mid-18th century, Florentine artist Violante Ferroni painted two large religious scenes for the atrium of San Giovanni di Dio hospital. Almost...

Alexandra Kiely 12 March 2022

WTF Art History

So Bad That It’s Good: 5 Worst Artworks Restorations

Artworks are a legacy of humanity and as such, they must be well preserved – and they usually are, thanks to museums and cultural institutions.

Rute Ferreira 11 February 2022

Johannes Vermeer, Brieflesendes Mädchen am offenen Fenster, um 1657-59 Zustand nach der Restaurierung © Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Wolfgang Kreische Long Read

The Mysterious Cupid and Johannes Vermeer’s Paintings

Johannes Vermeer is both one of the most loved and most mysterious painters in European art. Moderately known during his lifetime, completely...

Zuzanna Stańska 29 November 2021

Women Artists

Women Artists of Venice: A New Initiative in Research and Conservation

Soon, the historical female artists of Venice will finally get their due! A new initiative, Women Artists of Venice, aims to restore artworks by at...

Alexandra Kiely 8 October 2021

Fashion

Fashion like a Russian: Kokoshnik, a Traditional Headdress

We all know the proverb Clothes speak for men. In the Russian national costume, a headdress called Kokoshnik played a significant role: it completed...

Elizaveta Ermakova 27 July 2021

Women Artists

Restoring Women in Art History – Advancing Women Artists Retrospective

Late last year, Advancing Women Artists (AWA) announced that its activities will come to an end in June 2021. For over a decade, this Florence,...

Alexandra Kiely 19 March 2021

A “David and Goliath” Painting Gets Re-Attributed to Artemisia Gentileschi

Baroque master Artemisia Gentileschi's long-hidden signature was recently found on a 17th-century David and Goliath painting. The work was formerly...

Alexandra Kiely 27 March 2020

Review

His Majesty Jan Van Eyck and the Optical Revolution – Review

Art history has its superstars: Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt. But with the recent $2.4 million, multiyear restoration of panels...

Zuzanna Stańska 26 March 2020

Women Artists

The Advancing Women Artists Foundation – Rediscovering Female Artists in Florence

The Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWA) is a group that aims to restore female artists to the world. Founded by the late Jane Fortune after a...

Alexandra Kiely 27 September 2018