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Assembling Antiquity: Conservation of Ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art for the Jaharis Galleries

January 17, 2013
Nichols Board of Trustees Suite
Free for CAS members

The act of repairing artworks is as ancient as antiquity itself; the oldest known repair in the British Museum is over 7000 years old. In the intervening years, however, conservation has come of age and evolved into the modern profession we recognize today.  After a brief outline of the development of conservation theory and a short discussion of current conservation practice, Ms. Sabino will share examples of a number of objects which were treated prior to their installation in the newly redesigned Jaharis Galleries of Ancient Art. In so doing, the audience will be given a seldom-seen glimpse into the activities and working methods of the conservation department at the Art Institute of Chicago and will witness the oftentimes dramatic transformations that the objects themselves experience.

Rachel C. Sabino is Special Projects Conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago. She received a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation and Restoration from West Dean College/University of Sussex, and also received a certificate in the conservation of marine archaeology from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University.  She has held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Corning Museum of Glass. In addition to this, Ms. Sabino has worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and on private practice ventures in Switzerland, England, and Israel.  

This lecture is for Classical Art Society members only.

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Roman, from the House of the Man of Letters in Daphne, Antioch on the Orontes (modern Antakya, Turkey). Mosaic Panel Showing Fishes (detail), probably 3rd century A.D. Gift of Mr. Henry J. Patten.