Cleaning Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park)

F.J. Martyn Roberts painting Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park) 1898 is an important Brisbane landscape so a six month project carrying out a delicate conservation treatment to clean and restore this work has begun. Due to the aging process of the upper varnish layers, and the restoration treatment that had taken place before the painting…

Rehousing the Derby porcelain ‘Figurine of Neptune’ c.1770

Rehousing the Derby porcelain works Figurine of Neptune c.1770 with Danielle Hastie, Preventative Conservation Technican / Photography: Natasha Harth This time lapse video shows the construction of a customised storage box for the c.1770 Derby porcelain ceramic Figurine of Neptune purchased in 1989 from the estate of Lady Trout with a special allocation from the Queensland Government.…

Anthony Alder’s Heron’s home

Once a prominent colonial Queensland artist, Anthony Alder and his works had all but vanished from public memory until, in 2011, his descendants’ estate was offered to the State Library of Queensland. Here, we reintroduce you to one of his works. Art history is a process of continually rediscovering the past and reinterpreting it for…

Lyrical Lines: Examining two Drawings by Charles Blackman

The preparation of artworks by Gallery Conservators for the exhibition ‘Lure of the Sun: Charles Blackman in Queensland‘ offered an opportunity to observe Blackman’s deliberate selection of certain materials and techniques to depict his subjects. This exhibition explores Blackman’s formative relationships with Queensland artists and writers that were pivotal in his development as one of Australia’s…

There’s a soap in my painting!

Surely the last place you would look for the soap is in your favourite oil painting? Not so, as over the past decade conservators and conservation scientists have been investigating the peculiar phenomena of soap formation in the rich, oil-laden layers of paint used in the paintings and masterpieces we love to look at. But…