Catalogue Giveaway

Each week, from March 26, 2014 until April 29, 2014, we will give away a copy of Japanese Ceramics for the Twenty-first Century, the accompanying catalogue for our special exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics. All you have to do is to participate in the week’s fun and easy social media challenge, follow us (if you haven’t yet) and tag it with #FreeArtBook to qualify!

ArtBytes 2014: Team ‘Scantasia’ 3D Scans Sculptures

Over the weekend of Jan 24-26, 2014, the Walters Art Museum held its 2nd annual ArtBytes “hackathon” for the creation of awesome techie projects around art.  This post showcases the efforts of Team Scantasia, which performed 3D scanning demonstrations of various museum sculptures for potential applications for conservation, restoration, and amazing online 3D public display Continue Reading →

The Walters Art Museum’s Unsung Veteran

Marvin Chauncey Ross was our Curator of Medieval and Subsequent Art from 1939 to 1952. In 1944 the young Ross, now a Captain, was called by General Eisenhower to join the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Commission (MFAA) to assist in the discovery and repatriation of artworks seized by the Nazi occupation forces throughout Europe.

From the Conservation Lab: Copper-Alloy Color Reconstruction of Three Ancient Egyptian Artworks

Recent research has shown that many ancient Egyptian metal objects were originally exuberantly colored, employing contrasting metal alloys or other inlays to highlight details or portions of a figure. These animated images show three ancient Egyptian artworks’ current condition and how they might have looked originally.

Have You Seen These Lost Works? The Search for Three Missing Woodvilles

Even though curator, Joy P. Heyrman, did extensive research to make sure every Richard Caton Woodville painting on record was on display for New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, three remain “lost” and unaccounted for. Heyrman explains the last known whereabouts of these lost paintings:

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Saint Amandus Reliquary

Museum conservators use modern technology to date and identify a 13th century Flemish reliquary. This large, church-shaped shrine once housed the relics of a 7th-century saint who served as a missionary and bishop to the western regions of present-day Belgium. St. Amandus (d. 679) also established a monastery at Elnon, near Tournai (western Belgium), where the monks later commissioned this reliquary to honor his remains.

Conservation of the Bodhisattva Guanyin

The Bodhisattva Guanyin, a beautiful near-life-size figure, was a recent gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Made in China during the Ming period (early 15th–early 17th centuries), the sculpture made its journey from the Duke estate to the Walters 19th-century galleries, where it received treatment by the conservation department prior to going on view in the Hackerman House.

This Sarcophagus Was Painted Red

While ancient marble sculptures are often thought of as pristine and white, we know that many were once painted with bright colors. This sarcophagus is no different. Recently, while removing plaster and other old restoration materials, conservators have discovered several areas of what is believed to be original red paint.