Conservation-focused Exhibitions


The Mystery of Worcester’s Leonardo

Engage in a close study of two early Italian predella panels brought together for the first time since they were separated from their original altarpiece. Using information derived from technical research, learn about the complexity of attribution studies and how some scholars believe Worcester’s picture to be, in part, by a young Leonardo da Vinci.

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Jeppson Idea Lab: Master Vases from Ancient Greece

Delight in the display of three of WAM’s best ancient Greek vases, which depict rich scenes of Greek mythology, acts of heroism, and daily life in Greece, along with a captivating discussion about their construction and recent conservation. And don’t miss the unexpected discoveries that were made by conservators and scientists in the laboratory.

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The Last Judgement Tapestry

The Last Judgment Tapestry is one of the finest surviving Flemish tapestries of the early Renaissance. Following a two-year conservation treatment by De Wit Royal Manufacturer of Tapestry in Belgium, enjoy the intricate detail of this stunning tapestry, and learn about its transformative treatment.

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Jeppson Idea Lab: Portrait of a Man by Anthony van Dyck

Anthony van Dyck painted this early work owned by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp that was on loan to the Worcester Art Museum for several years. Explore how WAM conservators used an innovative imaging technique to obtain fascinating, new information about the evolution of the portrait and the date of the painting.

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Jeppson Idea Lab: Portraits by William Hogarth

From 2008 to 2014, the portraits, William James and Elizabeth James by 18th c. English artist William Hogarth were studied and conserved for the first time in a hundred years, transforming their discolored appearances closer to their original ones. Delight in learning more about Hogarth’s techniques and how they affected the way his paintings aged.

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Jeppson Idea Lab: Orantes: Ancient Statues from South Italy

Visit with three rare Orante statues dating from the 3rd BCE in the first exhibition of this material. The statues depict women in praying or mourning gestures, which were typically arranged in groups of four to six in burial chambers. Recently studied and conserved, the exhibition includes captivating information about the unusual circumstances of how they came to Worcester, their place in ancient Mediterranean history, as well as their unique construction and extensive treatment.

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