Tag Archives: Conservation

Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure is a masterpiece in concrete

Henry Moore first experimented with the unconventional, modern medium of concrete in 1926.[1] The British sculptor is renowned for his semi-abstract human figures cast in bronze or carved directly into stone and wood, highlighting the inherent qualities of these materials. Yet Moore also was drawn to concrete, an inexpensive material that could be cast into a… Read More »

Alessandro Allori and Portrait of a Lady: What lies beneath?

The information on a label accompanying a work of art in the galleries conveys compelling information about the work and the artist. But sometimes the background story is just as fascinating.  Such is the case with Portrait of a Lady, a painting from about 1580 that offers visitors a much richer representation of the complexities… Read More »

Back in Style: Behind the Scenes in the Textile Lab

Inside the conservation department at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Zoe Perkins, Textile Conservator, can be found preserving, cleaning, and restoring a diverse array of artworks, from oriental rugs to Lakota cradleboards to, recently, a 250-year-old dress that has been in SLAM’s collection for almost seventy years. Given to the Museum by Mathilde ‘Quappi’ Beckmann, the wife… Read More »