Bank of America and the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens has announced the restoration of The Lamentation of Christ by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) is complete, following the museum’s selection as a Bank of America Art Conservation Project grant recipient in 2019. The entire restoration process was documented and photographed for educational purposes, including sharing restoration techniques and the importance of the art restoration process.
“Support from Bank of America was vital for the completion of this project. Its generosity and commitment to conserving important works of art such as this one will ensure their survival for generations to come,” said Holly Keris, the Museum’s J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Chief Curator. “Restoration of this 400-year-old painting was extensive as there were structural problems with the frame as well as aesthetic problems from previous restoration attempts that led to surface discoloration. As this painting was part of the original bequest from Mrs. Cummer that created the Cummer Museum 60 years ago, its restoration in preparation for this important anniversary is all the more timely.”
The restoration process, led by ArtCare Conservation in Miami, began in January 2020. Now that restoration is complete, the work has returned to the Cummer Museum Art & Gardens’ permanent collection galleries, and the restoration video is a main feature in Art Connections, the Museum’s education center. The art work’s return to the Museum will be popular as The Lamentation of Christ was voted one of the Museum’s “50 Favorites” by museum goers in 2011, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.
"Institutions like the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens have the power to help their local economies by providing pathways to greater cultural understanding, as well as education," said Mark Bennett, President of Bank of America Jacksonville. "Providing the Museum with art conservation funding allowed the right experts and partners to breathe new life into The Lamentation of Christ, making it accessible for generations to come."
The restoration of The Lamentation of Christ by Peter Paul Rubens is one of 22 Art Conservation Recipients in 10 countries and 11 U.S. cities, which are receiving grant funding through the 2019 Bank of America Art Conservation Project.
The Lamentation of Christ by Peter Paul Rubens is in select company as a 2019 recipient. The selection of works being recognized as 2019 ACP recipients includes: The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh and The Bather by Paul Cezanne – The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Spring by Georgia O’Keeffe – Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe; and 10 large-scale assemblage paintings by Thornton Dial, Sr. – High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project provides grant funding to nonprofit cultural institutions throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Since the Art Conservation Project began in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants for more than 170 projects in 33 countries on six continents to conserve paintings, sculptures, and archaeological and architectural pieces that are critically important to cultural heritage and the history of art.
The Art Conservation Project is a key element of Bank of America’s program of arts support worldwide, and part of the company’s environmental, social and governance program. Bank of America believes in the power of the arts to help economies thrive, educate and enrich societies, and create greater cultural understanding. The program includes loans of its private art collection to museums at no cost, sponsorships, and grants to arts organizations for arts education, as well as the preservation of cultural treasures. For more information, please visit the Art Conservation Project website.
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