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Solving the Cranach Mystery: Surrounding the Portraits of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora

November 14, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Join painting conservator and art historian Barry Bauman for a conservation lecture series on Zoom, hosted in partnership with the Figge Art Museum. November 14th 2:00 PM, $5.

Is it true that a painting conservator is also a detective? According to conservator and art historian Barry Bauman, every painting has its secrets. During his 46 years of experience treating and analyzing damaged paintings, he has uncovered many of them—lost signatures, hidden dates, and entire paintings beneath other works. Two of his discoveries were so phenomenal they landed on the front page of The New York Times.

Those who attend his upcoming Zoom presentation will share in the joy of one of his most remarkable discoveries on two 1537 portraits by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Hosted by the Figge Art Museum and the German American Heritage Center and Museum, this presentation details the conservation procedures that exposed the secrets hidden in the portraits and the forensic science techniques that led to the recovery of “lost” information.

The conservation of fine art is a wonderful synthesis of art and science but most individuals are not aware of the rewards this field has to offer. Attendees interested in art, art history, chemistry, physics, history, and museum studies all overlap with conservation concerns. The presentation will also review the requirements to enter the field of art conservation.

Register at figgeartmuseum.org

At the beginning of his career, Barry Bauman worked for eleven years at the Art Institute of Chicago, departing as the Associate Conservator of Paintings. He then founded and directed the Chicago Conservation Center for 20 years. The Center was the largest private conservation facility in America. In 2004, Bauman left the private sector to establish Bauman Conservation, America’s first conservation laboratory dedicated to offering complimentary services to museums and non-profit organizations. When he closed Bauman Conservation in 2018, it was estimated he had contributed more than $6,000,000 in conservation services to museums and nonprofits.

In August, 2019, Barry Bauman opened Conservation Ventures a company that focuses on presentations and CAP grants to assist museums with recommendations and priorities for long-range collection care. Bauman is an Elected Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.


November 14, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Online via Zoom