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Zoom Presentation by Painting Conservator & Art Historian Barry Bauman

May 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Solving the Cranach Mystery Surrounding the Portraits of Martin Luther & His Wife Katharina von Bora

Hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art

According to acclaimed conservator and art historian Barry Bauman, former associate conservator of paintings for the Art Institute of Chicago, every painting has its secrets. During his 46 years of experience treating and analyzing damaged paintings, he has uncovered many of them—lost signatures, hidden dates, and entire paintings beneath other works. Two of his discoveries were so phenomenal they landed on the front page of The New York Times. Share in the joy of one of his most remarkable discoveries on the Muskegon Museum of Art’s two 1537 portraits by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. REGISTER HERE

Art conservationist Barry Bauman discusses the pro-bono restoration work he’s performed on paintings in the collection of the Wisconsin State Historical Society in Madison, Wis. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. John Hart — State Journal (Published on 01/04/2014) Art conservator Barry Bauman visits an office at the Wisconsin Historical Society where two paintings he restored — free — are on display. Behind him at left is a John Singer Sargent portrait of Lucius Fairchild; at right is Thomas Sully’s portrait of George Washington.

Is it true that a painting conservator is also a detective? According to acclaimed conservator and art historian Barry Bauman, every painting has its secrets. During his 46 years of experience treating and analyzing damaged paintings, he has uncovered many of them—lost signatures, hidden dates, and entire paintings hidden beneath other works. Two of his discoveries were so phenomenal they landed on the front page of The New York Times.

Those who attend his upcoming Zoom presentation “Solving the Cranach Mystery Surrounding the Portraits of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora” on Thursday, May 6, 5:00 pm, will share in the joy of one of his most remarkable discoveries. Hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art, this event will be held online. It is free and open to museum members and the general public. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE

Bauman’s discoveries lectures have been his most popular, especially for a museum audience, where attendees interested in art, art history, chemistry, physics, history, and museum studies all overlap with conservation concerns. Most individuals are not aware of the conservation field and the rewards it has to offer.

At the beginning of his career, Barry Bauman worked for eleven years at the Art Institute of Chicago, departing as the Associate Conservator of Paintings. He then founded and directed the Chicago Conservation Center for 20 years, which was the largest conservation facility in the nation. In 2004, Bauman left the private sector to establish Bauman Conservation, America’s first conservation laboratory dedicated to offering complimentary services to museums and non-profit organizations. When he closed Bauman Conservation in 2018, it was estimated he had contributed more than $6,000,000 in conservation services to museums and nonprofits.

In August 2019, Barry Bauman opened Conservation Ventures (ConservationVentures.org), a company that focuses on presentations and CAP grants to assist museums with recommendations and priorities for long-range collection care. Bauman is an Elected Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.

Barry Bauman in the News

ConservationVentures.org

“Fine Art Connoisseur” CAP Article

CBS National Evening News

New York Times Front-Page Story

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Date:
May 6
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Muskegon Museum of Art