#Get2KnowCaravaggio: This Week's Five Q&As

For the first time, the Cleveland Museum of Art is conserving one of its treasures in front of museum visitors. The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was painted in 1606–7 and is among the most important paintings in the museum’s collection. Audiences are able to witness firsthand the skill, planning, research, and technical analysis that go in to a major conservation project. A sophisticated paintings conservation lab has been constructed in the museum’s focus gallery so that visitors can watch the process unfold. Conservator of Paintings Dean Yoder is in the gallery on weekdays working on the first phase: cleaning the painting by removing deteriorated varnish layers and old retouching. 

While in the gallery, you, our visitors, are invited to ask questions about the exhibition, conservation treatment, and the work of art itself. Every week, we will highlight five different questions and answers here on the CMA blog. Here are this week's featured Q&As!

The entire cleaning and restoration project will take about 18 months, and this work of art will then be ready for the Cleveland Museum of Art's centennial celebration in 2016. In the meantime, you can see this conservation process is progress in Conservation in Focus: Caravaggio's Crucifixion of Saint Andrewopen through September 14 at the CMA!
Can't make it to the exhibition or have a follow-up question? Tweet your question about the conservation process or this work of art with the hashtag #Get2KnowCaravaggio, and follow @ClevelandArt for the answer!

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