Tags for: Berthe Morisot: Conserving Impressionist Paintings at the CMA
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Virtual Lunchtime Lecture

Berthe Morisot: Conserving Impressionist Paintings at the CMA

Speaker: Julianna Ly, Assistant Conservator of Paintings

Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual
Virtual Program
Free; tickets required. Guests receive the Zoom link on their confirmation email once they reserve a ticket.

About The Event

Join CMA staff for a quick bite of art history. Every first Tuesday of each month, hear from curators, conservators, scholars, and other museum staff for 30-minute talks on objects currently on display in the museum galleries.

Join the CMA's assistant conservator of paintings, Julianna Ly, as she discusses the recent treatment of Berthe Morisot’s Reading (1873), which was featured in the very first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. The treatment focused on removing layers of discolored, yellowed varnish coatings and thick, old restoration paint from the surface. During this process, remnants of former coatings, previously hidden, were revealed, raising the question: did Morisot initially intend this painting to be varnished? Through comparative research and analytical techniques, Ly discusses the complex, decision-making strategies paintings conservators use to present a painting and surface that honors the original intent of the artist.


This program is made possible with support from Gail C. and Elliott L. Schlang.

    All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Fortney, David and Robin Gunning, Dieter and Susan M. Kaesgen, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Gail C. and Elliott L. Schlang, Shurtape Technologies, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Generous annual support is provided by Gini and Randy Barbato, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, Robin Heiser, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, the late Marta and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Mandi Rickelman, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, the Sally and Larry Sears Fund for Education Endowment, Roy Smith, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Trilling Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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      Education programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.