Treasures of Mogao: The Desert Gateway to China
Just one hundred years ago, at the ancient Buddhist cave temples of Mogao in the remote desert of northwest China, a Daoist monk named Wang Yuanlu made an astonishing discovery—a hidden library in Cave 17, sealed off in the 11th century. Since that discovery, the Mogao grottoes have become a mecca for scholars and tourists from around the world. For the last decade, the Getty Conservation Institute has been working in a variety of ways with the Dunhuang Academy at Mogao to preserve this extraordinary World Heritage site, whose art documents a thousand years of Chinese history.
Serving the Profession: A Conversation with Tim Whalen
The new director of the Getty Conservation Institute discusses the Institute's role within the mission of the Getty Trust and the ways in which the GCI will continue to serve the conservation field.
The Retablo of Yanhuitlán
In the small town of Yanhuitlán, Oaxaca, can be found one
of Mexico's finest examples of colonial art—the main retablo,
or altarpiece, of the Church of Santo Domingo. For several years,
the GCI has been engaged in a project to conserve the retablo, in
collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología
e Historia and the community of Yanhuitlán. Extensive documentation
of the retablo is completed, and the project team is now grappling
with determining the best way to structurally stabilize this work
of art, which is located in a region of frequent seismic activity.
Harnessing Digital Technology for Conservation Documentation
The center of the GCI's computer documentation work is its digital lab, housing imaging equipment and computers. Created over three years ago by the Institute's Conservation group to promote digital documentation, the lab has objectives that include support for documentation in field campaigns, training, and research. While integration of digital tools into the conservation documentation process is in its early stages, it holds the promise of vastly increasing the body of information easily available to conservation teams in the field and in the lab.
GCI News: Projects, Events, and Publications
Updates on Getty Conservation Institute projects, events, courses, publications, and staff.
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