St. Servan HarborEdward Darley Boit
From the Conservator's Notebook
Historic New England objects conservator Michaela Neiro supervised the conservation treatment and stabilization of this exhibition’s paintings and frames over a period of two years. The Conservator’s Notebook features explanations and insights that Michaela has drawn from her project notebook, including close-up photographs showing how the work was done.
Here you can see the before (left) and after (right) treatment images of Boit’s St. Servan Harbor.
What does it mean to “treat” a painting? There are many steps that the conservators take as they care for each painting. Click through the images below to learn more about how this painting was conserved.
Documenting Before Treatment
The very first step in any conservation treatment is to photo-document the object using a scale and color card. Ensuring the camera and lighting are the same before and after treatment highlights the work that was done and not any magic photographic manipulation. Note it is labeled BT for Before Treatment.