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The Conservation of Paintings: Historical and Technical Discoveries

November 7, 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. This series will be offered on November 7 at 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 hidden 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 presentation will share in the joy of some of his most remarkable discoveries. Hosted by the Figge Art Museum and the German American Heritage Center and Museum, this event will be a Zoom presentation.

Bauman’s discoveries lecture has been one of his most popular, especially for a museum or university audience, where people interested in art, art history, chemistry, physics, history, and museum studies all overlap with conservation concerns. Most attendees are not aware of the conservation field and the rewards it has to offer. 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 7, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Online via Zoom