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Detail from The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (The Ghent Altarpiece) by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. Cathédrale de Saint Bavon. © Lukas-Art in Flanders

August 2010

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Panel Paintings Initiative

A searchable bibliography on the structural stabilization of painted panels is now available online. This new resource furthers the educational objectives of the Getty's Panel Paintings Initiative—a collaboration of the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Museum—to disseminate reference and learning resources on the structural conservation of panels.

In May the Foundation awarded preservation grants for two major works of art: The Mystic Lamb (1432) by Hubert and Jan van Eyck (The Ghent Altarpiece) and The Last Supper (1546) by Giorgio Vasari. These grants are part of the initiative's efforts to train conservation specialists in order to ensure that panel paintings survive for future generations.

Access the bibliography online.

Read the press release about the Getty Foundation awards.

Panel Paintings Initiative
Also available online: The Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings: Proceedings of a Symposium at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

BANNER PHOTO: Detail from The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (The Ghent Altarpiece) by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. Cathédrale de Saint Bavon. © Lukas-Art in Flanders
Museum Lighting Research

A new component of the GCI's ongoing museum lighting research is the investigation of the light-sensitivity of anthropological, fine art, and natural history artifacts composed in part, or totally, of feathers. This research is co-directed by Ellen Pearlstein of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Learn more about this research and other compents of GCI's Museum Lighting Research Project.

The 2011-2013 GCI Postdoctoral Fellowship will focus on the application of science to the field of museum lighting research. See below for more information.

Owl feathers
Feathers of a great horned owl (Bubo Virginianus). Under ultraviolet illumination, porphyrins—pigments found primarily in new feathers—show up as intense pink. Photo: Renee Riedler
Getty Conservation Institute Guest Scholars Program

Applications for the 2011-12 Conservation Guest Scholar Program at the Getty Conservation Institute are now being accepted. The program is for established conservators, scientists, and professionals who have attained distinction in conservation and allied fields.

Learn more about the GCI Conservation Guest Scholar Program and apply online.

GCI Scholar Roy Berns
2009-10 Conservation Guest Scholar Roy Berns, R. S. Hunter Professor in Color Science, Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology. Photo: Getty Research Institute
Getty Conservation Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science

The GCI Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed to provide experience in the field of conservation science to a recent PhD recipient in chemistry or the physical sciences who has an interest in the conservation of cultural heritage. The 2011-2013 postdoctoral fellow will be an integral part of the museum lighting research team as the GCI continues its studies of the effects of light on important colorants used in Western art.

Find out more about the GCI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science and apply online.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Emma Richardson, 2009-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow, examines plastic samples. Photo: Stacey Rain Strickler
Getty Graduate Interns

Graduate internships—offered by the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust, including the Getty Conservation Institute—are open to students worldwide who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Online applications for 2011-12 will be available in September 2010.

Find out more about the Getty Graduate Intern Program.

Getty Graduate Intern
2009-10 graduate intern William Raynolds on a project campaign in the Valley of the Queens, Egypt. Photo: Lori Wong


Willem de Kooning: The Artist's Material
William de Kooning book

By Susan F. Lake

This first systematic study of de Kooning's creative process uses comprehensive scientific examinations of the artist's pigments, binders, and supports to inform art historical interpretations, presenting a key to the complicated evolution of the artist's work.

Learn more and order online.

This publication is the first in the new GCI series, The Artist's Materials. Product of the Institute's Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative, the series was conceived as a way to disseminate new research on artists' materials and techniques to conservators caring for modern and contemporary art. Other titles planned include Clyfford Still, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Lucio Fontana.

Find out more about Modern and Contemporary Art Research at the GCI.

Cultural Heritage in Asia and the Pacific: Conservation and Policy
Free PDF Cultural Heritage in Asia

Proceedings of a Symposium held in Honolulu, Hawaii, September 8-13, 1991

The conference proceedings cover issues in the Pacific Rim ranging from policy to appropriate designs for environmental control. This out-of-print publication is now available online as a PDF.

Access this free online publication.

Newly Acquired Titles
GCI Information Center

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through your library's interlibrary loan service.

Access this list of titles from the GCI Information Center page.

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The Getty Conservation Institute works to advance conservation practice in the visual arts, broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. It serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the broad dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the Conservation Institute focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.

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