Department Chair

Patrick Ravines

Date of Award

5-2018

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Department

Art Conservation Department

Advisor

Fiona Beckett and James Hamm

First Reader

Aaron Shugar

Second Reader

Jiuan Jiuan Chen

Third Reader

Rebecca Ploeger

Abstract

This project details the conservation treatment of the painting Sommergluth (1893) by Hans (Johann Wilhelm) Olde, which was owned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Imaging and scientific analysis is used to identify the materials and techniques used by the artist, helping inform the treatment steps. The painting’s most severe condition issue was flaking and cleaving paint along with copious amounts of dirt embedded in an unvarnished paint film with heavy impasto. The research and findings from this project have art historical value for the little-known German artist, with this project being the first known in-depth study. The stabilization and treatment of the painting allows it to be safely exhibited and stored.

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