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Art Conservation with David Bull and Teresa Longyear

July 10 - July 31

Witness the Magic of Painting Conservation in Hill-Stead’s Glass Room!

You’re cordially invited to watch an unprecedented event at Hill-Stead as world renowned art conservators David Bull and Teresa Longyear work their magic on three of our priceless masterpieces, Degas’s Dancers in Pink, Manet’s Toreadors, and Monet’s Fishing Boats at Sea. Delve into the world of art restoration and conservation as they unveil the secrets hidden within these magnificent paintings.

What to Expect:

  1. Expert Demonstration: David and Teresa will showcase their expertise as they meticulously restore and preserve our Impressionist masterpieces right before your eyes. Learn about the delicate techniques and careful considerations involved in conserving these invaluable works of art. David and Teresa will perform their work in our Glass Room while you will be able to watch from outside, creating a “fishbowl” effect.
  2. Interactive Learning: This is a unique opportunity to gain insights into the conservation process, which usually takes place behind the scenes and is not accessible to the general public. Discover the challenges faced by conservators and the innovative methods employed to safeguard artistic heritage for future generations.
  3. Rare Opportunity: Witness the transformation as these paintings are brought back to their former glory by removing layers of discoloration and dirt that have accumulated over decades and restoring their original vibrant colors. This treatment will preserve their beauty and historical significance for years to come.
  4. Q&A Session: Have burning questions about art conservation? Take advantage of our Q&A session and interact with the expert conservators. Gain a deeper understanding of the conservation field and learn how you can contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage. The date for this event will be announced in early July.

More Information 

  • This exhibition is included in the price of museum admission
  • The first session of this conservation project will begin on Wednesday, July 10 and run through Friday, July 12. The second session will begin on Monday, July 15 and run every day until the work is completed. The duration will depend entirely upon the discoveries and results of the process.

Thank You to Our Sponsor

This program would not be possible without the generous support of Bank of America.

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