Conserving a Canaletto
DAM Blog Post Series Documents Masterwork's Restoration
February 16, 2013, update: The Canaletto artwork is now fully restored an on view on level six of the North Building.
Denver Art Museum staff are publishing a multi-part series on a long lost painting recently located in our collections.
Upon examination, an artwork turned out to be a very important painting by the Italian master, Canaletto. Venice: the Molo from the Bacino di San Marco has never been exhibited due to its condition and years hidden away in storage. Thanks to a generous grant from The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) Restoration Fund, the entire Canaletto masterwork is now undergoing conservation treatment. The conservation work is expected to span the remainder of 2012. After, the canvas and original frame will be exhibited for the first time for all to see at the DAM.
Follow the blog and be there with us every step of the way as we carefully X-ray examine, Q-Tip clean, and debate treatment options to ready this painting for its public debut.
- Part 1: Discovering a Long Lost Masterwork, and the Road Ahead by paintings conservator James Squires
- Part 2: Even Unknown Masterworks can be Found in Museum Storage by painting and sculpture curator Timothy J. Standring
- Part 3: Painting in Better Condition Than Anticipated by paintings conservator James Squires
- Part 4: Techniques Reveal Location, Extent of Damage by paintings conservator James Squires
- Part 5: Cleaning Decisions Videos—2 two-minute videos of Timothy and James discussing the artwork
- Part 6: Considerations in Our Cleaning Decisions by paintings conservator James Squires
- Part 7: Turret We Discovered Has Us Wondering by paintings conservator James Squires
- Part 8: Cleaning Complete by paintings conservator James Squires
- Part 9: Beginning the Structural Work by paintings conservator James Squires
- Part 10: Lining the Painting by paintings conservator James Squires
Image credit: Giovanni Antonio Canal, called il Canaletto. Venice: The Molo from the Bacino di S. Marco, about 1724. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Charles Edwin M. Stanton, 2009.336.