How to Restore a Damaged Painting

“The Domes of the Yosemite” Post-Conservation Debut

“The Domes of the Yosemite,” the largest existing painting by Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902), makes its post-conservation debut at the Morse Museum through a special loan from the St Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont. In this video, Oliver Watkiss, our Senior Conservator, explains how Bierstadt’s 1867 masterpiece was painstakingly restored to its original splendor. The monumental painting has not been seen outside the Athenaeum since its installation there in 1873. ⠀

It’s in the details….Albert Bierstadt

Rustin had the opportunity today to visit the Brooklyn Museum and study Albert Bierstadt’s “Storm over Mount Rosalie”. It was so interesting to compare it to the “Domes of Yosemite” that we are treating in Miami. There were many similar details were evident. The paintings were done a year apart, 1866 and 1867, probably from the same sketches, watercolors, and photographs from his recent western trip.