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Panel Paintings Institutes in Cracow and Dresden

MOSAIKON Workshop for Protective Shelters in Italy

Digital Art History Summer Institutes

Welcome Getty Graduate Interns

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Panel Paintings Institutes in Cracow and Dresden

When the Foundation launched the Panel Paintings Initiative one of the goals was to extend knowledge about this area of conservation to professionals in Central and Eastern Europe. To address this issue, the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow held an intensive workshop in September for conservation professionals from Georgia, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, and Romania. Through lectures and practical demonstrations, participants studied current conservation treatments and best practices, as well as reviewed first-hand the Getty funded work the Academy has undertaken on a set of paintings by Hans Süss von Kulmbach from St. Mary's church in Cracow.

A second institute was held in October at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden with 29 additional curators and conservators from the region, also using the conservation treatment of a key work by Bartholomäus Sarburgh (shown here) as a test case. Participants are reviewing in detail the recently completed structural work on the Sarburgh panel with the lead conservators. In both cases, the pairing of younger professionals with the few remaining experts on panel paintings is helping to ensure that the next generation of curators and conservators is prepared to take on this highly specialized work.

Panel Paintings Institute
Under the tutelage of expert Ray Marchant, conservators and curators are completing structural intervention on Bartholomäus Sarburgh's The Madonna of the Burgomaster of Basel Jakob Meyer zum Hasen (copy after Hans Holbein the Younger) © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister; Photo: Elke Estel/Hans-Peter Klut

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MOSAIKON Workshop for Protective Shelters in Italy

A Foundation grant to the British School at Rome supported a symposium on protective shelters at archaeological sites at Herculaneum and Ercolano in Italy, September 23–27. As part of MOSAIKON, a joint initiative of the GCI and the Foundation, the workshop introduced conservators, site managers, archaeologists, and other professionals from North Africa and the Middle East to various types of shelters for in situ mosaics. At many sites throughout the Mediterranean, in situ mosaics are sheltered by modern structures designed to protect them from the elements. These shelters, however, vary greatly in their effectiveness and can sometimes accelerate the aging of mosaics if not adequately constructed and maintained. The Herculaneum workshop brought together professionals from throughout the region with specialists from the U.S. and Great Britain to review the current research on shelters, explore best practices, and discuss practical solutions with locally–sourced materials. Given its wealth of in situ mosaics and long history of shelter use, Herculaneum was an ideal host site for the workshop.

MOSAIKON Workshop
Symposium participants visited a range of existing shelters in Pompeii, including one that has been erected over the copy of the famous Alexander mosaic

A R T   H I S T O R Y

Digital Art History Summer Institutes

Following a detailed assessment of the needs of the field, the Getty has begun exploring ways to provide art historians with formal training opportunities in digital humanities' methodologies, technologies and tools. This would allow art historians to take full advantage of developments in computing technology for their research and scholarship, and to contribute their particular disciplinary insights regarding visual analysis to the larger digital humanities community. The Foundation recently awarded grants to two leading digital humanities centers—UCLA's Digital Humanities program and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University—for intensive pilot summer institutes in 2014. The institutes will combine theory with hands-on teaching of technical skills, including metadata and database fundamentals, as well as geo– spatial visualization and network analysis, enabling participants to launch their own prototype projects.

Screen shot of George Mason University's web publishing tool, Omeka

L E A D E R S H I P

Welcome Getty Graduate Interns

On September 9, the Getty welcomed a new class of Graduate Interns who have taken up positions throughout the four Getty programs, from the Museum's conservation labs to the Research Institute's Special Collections department. With 33 interns from 10 different countries, this is the largest Getty graduate intern class ever. We wish them all a warm welcome! If you'd like to follow in their footsteps, the application deadline for next year's internships is coming up on December 2. Apply here.

The first day of work for the 2013–14 class of graduate interns at the Getty
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