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Art Conservation Training in Italy – A tribute to Laura Mora


During my years of acquiring a masters degree level education in art conservation of paintings (easle paintings and murals) at ENAIP in Italy (1975-1978) our Lombardy Province government sponsored program was in collaboration with the Istituto Centrale del Restauro (ICR), the Rome based Italian National art conservation lab. The various satellite centers to the head lab in Rome were overseen by ICR directors Laura and Paolo Mora (passed away in 1998). Laura’s passing in May of this year and the recent tribute in the Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter brought to mind those exciting days of my education.

I remember meeting with Mrs. Mora many times under her tutelage both theoretical and practical. She was always thorough, professional, available to teach and with a sense of humor. I remember her saying that “I love Paraloid B72 (an acrylic resin) so much that I’d put it on my breakfast toast.”

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Hopeless Smoke Damaged Paintings Given New Life – 3 Valuable Tips

By Annia Bonifaz, Guest BloggerAnnia Bonifaz

Responding and taking care of smoke damaged paintings, art and antiques is a job or need with which you will require expert, professional help. This

Smoke Damaged Office with Artwork

Smoke Damaged Office with Artwork

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Mural Restoration Expert Consultation

FACL travels nationally to discuss and undertake mural conservation projects. Here’s a testimonial from a small project in Western Texas

For our mural capability statement:

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Professional Art Restoration Painting Conservation Door to Door Service

“Consultation at home or office at no charge?!?!”

“You pick up and deliver?”

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Cowboy Rodeo WPA Mural To Be Removed_Art Conservation Consultation and Painting Restoration in Texas

While I enjoy the high profile jobs with important or even famous artwork I LOVE to work with small communities to save their public art. This art is often very important to the locals… maybe the only historical art in the community. Such was the case in the town of Lamesa Texas that has an old post office that is slated for demolition.

I’m often asked, over the phone or by email, “How much does it cost to remove a mural from a wall.” Well, we may be experts but giving an estimate a 1000 miles away from the project, sight unseen is beyond the magic that we like to perform. Perhaps they ask me for this quote because they think its a construction type bid that has a standardized catalog of hours and costs per square foot much like putting up wall board or running electrical wires. Not so.

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Authentic WPA Mural of “Old West” Art Conservation Consultation and Project Planning

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In South Central Utah among the red earth table top landscape filled with dinosaur bones, there is an old coal mining town with a surprisingly good quality WPA mural.

dinosaur skeleton in Price Utah

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Mural Conservation Consultant – Travel with me to see hidden and secret places!!

Have you ever thought about how art conservation and especially painting restoration of old works of art help us to look back in history? Think about how much info we get about old architecture long lost, old and ancient clothes and fashion,? I love the message of the movie, Monuments Men!! Do you love art, history, old movies, travel, vintage collectibles and antiques, old-classical-European architecture? You will LOVE the short behind-the-scenes videos embedded this article!

As a professional art-painting conservator, Oh! The places I go (and the people I meet)… that sounds like the title of a Dr. Seuss book… but its the truth. In fact, I even have Italian friends (from Italy!) that say they want to tour Italy with me and see and go where I go. So… I’m about to share a very interesting trip with you and show you some places you can’t get into, behind the scenes, to see wonderful art you may never see.

In order to “set up” the second video for you, let me show you a short video, first, about an art exhibition that was open to the public. People that connect with me though Facebook and my blog seemed to like this video a lot. This art exhibition was in Rome and was about some of the most famous Venetian Baroque painting artists:

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Meeting with Our Art Conservation Colleague In Barcelona, Spain


Nuria Pique, painting restorer for Museu Frederic Mares

Nuria Pique standing in front of Museu Frederic Mares for which she provides art conservation services and, in fact, did the painting restoration on the painting in the advertisement.


I’ve just had the pleasure of going to Barcelona, Spain to exchange a visit with our (FACL’s) recent visiting painting conservator, Mrs. Nuria Pique. At the end of last year we were fortunate to have Nuria work with us in our Santa Barbara lab to help us with our work load and to exchange art restoration techniques.

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Historic Murals Removed, Restored, Reinstalled – Minerva Teichert

The first mural ever that I did art conservation treatments on was in my graduate program in Italy. The first week of school I was put onto scaffolding and sat down in front of a mural dated 1365 on a wall of a monastery built about the year 900. I sat next to Paolo Bacchin, a legend in international art conservation circles for work he had done for UNESCO on murals in temples in the jungles of Burma (now Myanmar). He was my instructor and introduced me to mural conservation.

Since that time, I have had mural restoration projects come to my labs from all over the United States, even internationally. Some of the projects have been high profile and others, like this project, were highly meaningful for a small rural community.

I happen to love Minerva Teichert’s work for the boldness of the style but also for her unsurpassable spirit and faith. Its amazing how commercially valuable her art has become within the affluent Mormon community. (Search historic LDS art or historic Mormon art) Such that these two murals were appraised for more than the value of the entire building they are located in!

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Re-cleaning of 19th Century Salon Painting Gave Marvelous Results

Cleaning a painting is the most common question we get. But interestingly, it seems that 80% of the projects that enter our doors are paintings that have been worked on before and have been damaged or have fallen short of the right kind of job. Such is the case with this wonderful, engaging 19th century realistic painting of a pretty girl all tangled up with a couple of attitudinal parrots. It had been worked on twice! Though the painting is in good condition, the previous cleaning just did not get the job done and woefully left behind a layer of gray that has muted the potentially gorgeous glow of this wonderful Salon Painting.

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The artist is Emil Villa (French, 1836-1900), Une Querelle (or The Quarrel), oil on canvas, 32 x 44 in., 48 x 59 in. including frame (not original but gorgeous!).

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