Goddess Diana Restoration at the Philadelphia Museum


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Art dealers, auction houses and private clients connect with me all the time. A recent fun evaluation/inspection I did was of a private $25 million painting of a wonderful Giverney garden lily pads.

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Goddess Diana Restoration at the Philadelphia Museum

  1. 1. Goddess Diana Restoration at the Philadelphia Museuma Good Idea? Maybe not!By Scott M. Haskins, Art ConservatorI’m often asked about my opinions on paintings. Art dealers,auction houses and private clients connect with me all thetime. A recent fun evaluation/inspection I did was of a private$25 million painting of a wonderful Giverney garden lily pads.A couple of years ago I made a video while I walked throughthe Philadelphia Museum of Art where they had a lot offabulous paintings by Monet on exhibit. Heres the link to thevideo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFULHuqJ6kw Iwas surprised how many people commented and enjoyed thatwalk through with me.In that video I also highlighted the statue of the Goddess Dianawhich stands watch over the grand staircase. In the newsrecently, it was just announced that the Bank of America isfunding conservation treatments and the regilding of thisfamous sculpture. Heres an interesting article about it:http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=63474#.Ucn3jhb9NjQ
  2. 2. The question comes up every once in awhile, "How ethical is itto redo, repaint, refinish artwork or historical objects"? Thatsa good question! If you strip and refinish important valuablefurniture, you will seriously impact the value. But, stripping avintage car down to the metal and redoing it can enhance thevalue. If you repaint a damaged painting, the value goes intothe toilet. But the Chinese restorers do a whole sale cover-overof damage on old ceramics so to make the damageundetectable (they think)... and while the “restoration” may beacceptable in China, the value of its original nature is greatlycompromised internationally. If an historic building getscompletely redone from top to bottom, it adds value to theproperty (if done right). If you over-clean valuable wood duckdecoys, the value is nil.In this case, the worry is not about its monetary value butconcerns the original nature of a historic statue and its history.The idea with this restoration intervention is to take it back toits original appearance but I question whether this is heavyhanded. Goddess Diana has a history that is well documentedand the deteriorated finish of the sculpture illustrates ordocuments that past story. Perhaps some would argue that I
  3. 3. am wanting to reduce her appearance from an esteemed workof art into just an archeological object. But, there is somethingto say for wonderful works of art that testify of their past. Lether show off the testimonial conditions and let her be what sheis now, today. She will be stunning in gold Im sure. But herhistoric wrinkles will be Botoxed away.For a quick video tour of an art conservation lab go tohttp://www.fineartconservationlab.comTo learn more about what you can do at home to take care ofyour stuff, download now a copy of Scott Haskins’ book, How toSave Your Stuff from a Disaster at 50% off! CLICK HERE toknow more: http://saveyourstuffblog.com/products-supplies/For a news article featuring Scott M. Haskins’, Click here:http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/media-room/art-restorerconservator-scott-m-haskins-featured-in-life-section-of-newspaper/For art conservation and painting restoration questions callScott M. Haskins 805 564 3438 or faclartdoc@gmail.comFor art appraisal questions call Richard Holgate at 805 8955121 or jrholgate@yahoo.comSee short videos by Scott M. Haskins on art conservationrelated subjects at YouTube channel “Bestartdoc”http://www.youtube.com/user/bestartdoc?feature=mheeSee short do-it-yourself videos on collection care andemergency preparedness for art collectors, family historyitems, heirlooms, memorabilia at Youtube Channel“preservationcoach”http://www.youtube.com/user/preservationcoach
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