Created, Collected, Conserved: The Life Stories Of Paintings

Date(s) - 10/07/2017 - 11/01/2019
12:00 am

Carnegie Museum Of Art


This impressive exhibition shows how extensive research and new technology can uncover fascinating stories about the paintings in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s (CMOA) collection.

The installation focuses on seven paintings that share a common origin: all were part of the Northbrook Collection — which was mainly assembled in the 19th century by members of the English noble family, the Northbrooks. The family is currently led by  Francis Baring, the sixth Baron Northbrook. The collection was largely dispersed and sold by the late 1930s.

A new interactive map anchors the gallery, tracing the paths of nearly 200 paintings in the Northbrook Collection. The map uses Art Tracks, a new set of digital provenance tools developed by CMOA. Visitors can see the paths of each artwork from their creation to current locations, often traveling thousands of miles between owners. CMOA’s paintings, for example, arrived from five different donors, and over the course of 70 years.

he installation also highlights recent and ongoing conservation work through several additional paintings, and the conditions and histories leading to the care that they are receiving at CMOA.

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