“Created, Collected, Conserved: The Life Stories of Paintings” at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) in Pittsburgh, PA, centers around seven paintings of which five were created by Dutch Old Masters. The exhibition already opened on October 7th, 2017, and it will be on view until November 1st, 2019.
“Portrait of a Man Holding a Book” (c. 1530) by Ambrosius Benson | oil on panel | bequest of Howard A. Noble
Created, Collected, Conserved: The Life Stories of Paintings
Every painting at CMOA has a story involving artists who created them, collectors who cherished them, donors who entrusted them to the museum, and curators and conservators who have cared for them. “Created, Collected, Conserved” shows how extensive research and new technology can uncover fascinating stories.
“The Birth of St. John the Baptist” (c.1515-1520) by Jan Rombouts the Elder | oil on panel | gift of Mrs. James V. McDonough
This gallery installation focuses on seven paintings that share a common origin: all were part of the Northbrook Collection in England, which was mainly assembled in the 19th century. The collection was largely dispersed and sold by the late 1930s.
“Pieter Cornelisz. van der Morsch” (1616) by Frans Hals | oil on canvas, transferred from panel | acquired through the generosity of Mrs. Alan M. Scaife
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.
“Vision of Saint Ildephonsus” (c. 1520-1550) by Adrien Ysenbrandt | oil on panel | bequest of Howard A. Noble
The 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. Explore the life stories of paintings, and consider the ways that history shapes culture.