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Material Matters Gallery Talk

The True Colors of Medieval Alabasters


Colleen Snyder, conservator of objects, and Gerhard Lutz, Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 12:00 p.m.
Ames Family Atrium

Have you ever wondered how artworks in the CMA’s collection are cared for? Join CMA conservators and technicians for guided tours of the galleries. Investigate artists’ materials and processes and learn about how the museum preserves artworks for the future.

Alabaster was prized in medieval times for its creamy, white color, translucency, and ability to create fine detail. But did you know it was often decorated with vivid colors and gilding? Join objects conservator Colleen Snyder and curator Gerhard Lutz as they discuss how research has illuminated the techniques of German artist Tilman Riemenschneider and other artists of the medieval period.  

Gallery talks meet in the Ames Family Atrium at the information desk.

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