St. Catherine’s Monastery
The Getty Foundation has a long history of advancing the practice of conservation through grants for the conservation of historic buildings and for objects in museum collections. From 1988–2008, we offered this support through general grant categories in these areas. Since 2009, we have provided support through targeted initiatives that address specific issues in conservation.

Architectural Conservation

Architectural Conservation Grants awarded from 1988–2008 supported the preservation of some of the world's most significant historic buildings. The Foundation's grants promoted best practices in the field, with an emphasis on planning, particularly the extremely important preliminary historic research and training. Getty grants also supported conservation treatment of select monuments.

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Museum Conservation

Museum Conservation Grants supported conservation research and treatment of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts of international significance with grants over a twenty-year period (1988–2008). Like our architectural grants, the emphasis was on supporting best practices, and on interdisciplinary collaborations between conservators and art historians that could yield new insights and methodologies to benefit both fields. Preference was given to model projects, and those with training components that could greatly extend the impact of a given project beyond the host institution.

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Top image: Exterior of Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai, Egypt. Photography by Robert S. Nelson.