The Kress Program of Paintings Conservation at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts brings together two of the Kress Foundation's key programmatic commitments. It provides a wide range of conservation services to the dozens of regional and campus museums which collectively steward the Kress Collection of Old Master paintings and sculpture, some of which may not be in a position to secure such services locally. It also provides a unique training opportunity for graduate art conservation students wishing to learn about the study and conservation of Old Master paintings.
Hosted for more than twenty years by the IFA Conservation Center, this program is directed by its founder, Dianne Dwyer Modestini, Conservator of the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation and consulting conservator to the Kress Collection. Working with colleagues around the country, the program identifies works from the Kress Collection that require or would benefit from comprehensive technical examination, cleaning, and restoration, and which lend themselves to examination and treatment in an instructional setting. Under the direction of Professor Modestini and Nica Gutman Rieppi, Associate Conservator of the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation, students carry out thorough technical examination and materials analysis of these paintings prior to their treatment. The close proximity and active interest of art historians, both at the Institute of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, often results in collaborative examinations and the discovery of new information about attribution, workshop practice, painting technique, original display, and later alterations.
To learn more about the program, please visit NYU's Conservation Center website:
You may download the CV's of the program's conservators:
Dianne Dwyer Modestini
Nica Gutman Rieppi
If you are interested in having one or more of your Kress Collection works considered for conservation through this unique program, please contact Dianne Dwyer Modestini via email at: email@example.com
To see other ways the Foundation supports conservation, please see the Conservation listings in News.