Quantcast
Painting Restored! Is That Really Possible?

For the Sunday at the Met program Legends and True Stories: Misconceptions in Art, History and Conservation, museum curators and conservators explore a fascinating topic—Misconceptions. Talks highlight the permanent collection and address misunderstandings commonly held by the public and, occasionally, even by specialists in the field.

Kicking off the series of three lectures, the conservator Michael Gallagher discusses the impossibility of turning back the clock on a painting and fully "restoring" a work to its former glory. It is possible, however, with some slight changes, to restore a painting's meaning and integrity. Using examples from the collection, Gallagher offers a provocative  argument on museum paintings as a misplaced objects, decontextualized and often structurally altered. How do you strike a balance between the original purpose of an artwork, and what the object has become?

Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Paintings Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; introduced by Dirk H. Breiding, assistant curator, Department of Arms and Armor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Learn more about conservation and research at the Met:
http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/conservation-and-scientific-research

Learn more about European and old master paintings at the Met:
http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/curatorial-departments/european-paintingsp>

Lectures and Panels (150)

Media thumbnail

SPARK: It's About Time
(01:20:22) 44 views

Media thumbnail

SPARK: Plato at the Met
(01:06:51) 47 views

Media thumbnail

Collecting Cubism
(00:56:59) 583 views

Media thumbnail

Lost Kingdoms Symposium, Part 1
(00:12:45) 1306 views

Media thumbnail

Ink Art Symposium, Part 8
(00:26:18) 61 views

Media thumbnail

Ink Art Symposium, Part 7
(00:41:24) 75 views

Media thumbnail

Ink Art Symposium, Part 6
(00:48:51) 36 views

Media thumbnail

Ink Art Symposium, Part 5
(00:41:09) 32 views

Media thumbnail

Ink Art Symposium, Part 4
(00:31:59) 36 views

Media thumbnail

Ink Art Symposium, Part 3
(00:29:02) 43 views

Media thumbnail

Ink Art Symposium, Part 2
(00:30:01) 42 views

Media thumbnail

Ink Art Symposium, Part 1
(00:37:47) 111 views

Media thumbnail

My Met—Keith Christiansen
(00:57:48) 127 views

Media thumbnail

Africa and the West
(01:13:21) 12 views

Media thumbnail

How Proust Changed Our Minds
(01:15:39) 55 views

Media thumbnail

Why New Art Mattered
(01:06:02) 28 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1243 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Kyle Abraham
(00:06:11) 1307 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Navina Najat Haidar
(00:12:13) 638 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Negin Farsad
(00:14:00) 668 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Meredith Monk
(00:04:49) 367 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Eric R. Kandel, MD
(00:19:40) 625 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: James Nares
(00:18:28) 336 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Nicolai Ouroussoff
(00:14:45) 225 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Bill T. Jones
(00:18:53) 685 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Lorna Simpson
(00:07:53) 298 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 411 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Sō Percussion
(00:12:17) 232 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Elizabeth Streb
(00:09:07) 402 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 614 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Melanie Holcomb
(00:18:20) 444 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Luke Syson
(00:13:16) 506 views

Media thumbnail

TEDxMet: Maira Kalman
(00:18:31) 360 views

Media thumbnail

The Art of Making Chintz
(00:04:20) 4523 views

Media thumbnail

Journey to the Copper Age
(01:10:46) 2072 views

Media thumbnail

Performance by Dan Zhu
(00:19:42) 118 views

Media thumbnail

The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 330 views

Media thumbnail

The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 1012 views

Media thumbnail

The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 164 views

Media thumbnail

The Cloisters: Part Four
(00:17:19) 158 views