New Methods in Restoration and Conservation

The discussion series "Redemption: Tapestry Preservation, Past and Present" celebrates the conservation of the tapestry Christ Is Born as Man's Redeemer in the collection of The Cloisters, a project that took over thirty years. The two-day symposium gathers scholars together for conversation and presentations on the history and methods of tapestry conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and in European collections.

Yvan Maes De Wit, President Director of one of the world's leading tapestry restorers and conservators, discusses new methods in cleaning tapestries, and considers the impact of the science and technology used today.

Yvan Maes De Wit, President Director, The Royal Manufacturers De Wit, of Mechelen, Belgium; introduced by Marlene Eidelheit, Director and Head Conservator, The Textile Conservation Laboratory, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York

This symposium is made possible by the Quinque Foundation.
Additional support has been provided by the Kawasaki Good Times Foundation.

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Conservation and Scientific Research (31)

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Conserving the Emperor's Carpet
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The Arts of the Book
(00:29:25) 209 views

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Revealing the Original
(00:25:21) 164 views

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Conserving the Damascus Room
(00:03:14) 1185 views