A Fresh Look at Eighteenth-Century Portraits

SEPTEMBER 2, 2020—MARCH 14, 2021

With support from the Stockman Family Foundation, the Williamstown Art Conservation Center was awarded nearly $250,000 to conserve thirty-one of the Albany Institute’s earliest Hudson Valley portraits dating from the first half of the eighteenth century.

The exhibition will focus on a small group of these portraits to highlight the process of conserving works of art that are close to three hundred years old. Detailed photographs will accompany the portraits to show before and after results of conservation and a video will offer visitors a chance to see conservators working at various stages throughout the process. The results of conservation reveal much about the materials artists used, their techniques and painting procedures, and what has been lost and revealed anew through conservation treatment.

Exhibition Support

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Program and exhibition support is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Season exhibition and program support is provided by Phoebe Powell Bender, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Hearst III, Charles M. Liddle III, Lois and David Swawite, and the Charles L. Touhey Foundation, Inc.