Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
As an arts manager, lots of our time is spent on logistics, facilities, maintenance and basic operations. In the art world, basic things like air conditioning and velcro can make a world of difference.
In this example, we see Italian confusion at its worst. In fact, I would say it is criminal. The Galleria Borghese – one of the most prestigious museums in Rome, with works by Caravaggio, Titian and Rubens in the collection, has allowed a Raphael to suffer damage from air conditioner problems.
Fortunately, this New York Times article provides some relief. After reading the article, do watch the video. The precision and choreography is nothing shy of spectacular.
What can I say? Conservation excites me when it’s done right, and it breaks my heart when a 500 year-old work of art that has survived war, plague, pestilence – and God only knows what else, is compromised by idiocy.