Ask a Conservator: Portrait Miniatures

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free | Please register in advance
Virtual Program

Add to Calendar11/04/2020 01:00 PM11/04/2020 02:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkAsk a Conservator: Portrait MiniaturesTake the opportunity to #AskAConservator and explore the story behind the conservation of the portrait miniature of Pittsburgh’s first Mayor, Ebenezer Denny.Virtual – ZoomHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Take an afternoon break from election news and explore the story behind the conservation of a miniature portrait of Pittsburgh’s first mayor, Ebenezer Denny. What surprising discoveries did treatment reveal about the work? How was it made and why would anyone want such a tiny image in the first place?

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery, this program will give audiences the opportunity to engage with art conservators. Ana Alba and Rhonda Wozniak of Art Conservation Etc. (ACE Conservators) and History Center Registrar Nicole Lauletta will share the work done to preserve this jewel-scale image, reveal new discoveries made because of its treatment, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at other miniatures in the History Center collection.

Explore the story behind these jewel-like works and learn more about the crucial role that conservators play in preserving the city and region’s treasured artifacts. The program will include a Q & A session.

Registration

This program is free, and donations are encouraged. Please register online in advance.

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For more information, please contact Mariruth Leftwich at maleftwich@heinzhistorycenter.org.

#AskAConservator Day
On November 4, 1966, a catastrophic 1000-year flood swept through the Italian Renaissance capital of Florence, Italy, devastating countless artistic and archival treasures. Art conservators from all over the world responded to help save these irreplaceable treasures. Today, the social media campaign #AskAConservator pays homage to the spirit of this event each year. Usually the event occurs on November 4, but due to the U. S. Presidential election, the actual campaign has been moved to November 18, 2020. While the official campaign has shifted, a key historical connection with the Denny miniature makes it especially relevant to hold this program on the traditional day of the campaign. You will have to attend the program to find out more!

Conservator Ana Alba. Courtesy Ana Alba and Rhonda Wozniak.
Conservator Ana Alba. Courtesy Ana Alba and Rhonda Wozniak.
Conservator Rhonda Wozniak. Courtesy Ana Alba and Rhonda Wozniak.
Conservator Rhonda Wozniak. Courtesy Ana Alba and Rhonda Wozniak.