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Welcome to IMA Dashboard, an ongoing effort to measure various aspects of the Museum's performance. We welcome your comments on our progress in serving the IMA's mission. To navigate the Dashboard in particular areas, the tabs at the top of the screen drop down to allow for more detail. The goal of the Dashboard is to seek to quantify and report out on areas of activity of general interest to museum observers and to particular interest to museum studies specialists, colleagues, and patrons.

2012 Total Examination Hours


2012 Total Examination Hours

The number of hours spent by conservators examining art since January 1, 2012.

The number of hours spent by a team of 13 IMA conservators examining art for acquisitions, surveys, loans out, loans in and pre-treatments in 2012.

Examinations are vital for the longevity and conservation of work of arts. Each reason for examination is explained in depth below:

Acquisition: Works being considered for purchase or acceptance as gifts are examined to determine their condition and overall stability. Damage, restorations and infestation problems are noted and in some cases the authenticity of a work is confirmed.

Survey: An entire collection is examined quickly to assess the condition of each piece and prioritize which works require treatment first. This may entail looking at thousands of works of art over a number of weeks and can require as many as 50 to 200 hours of a conservator’s time.

Loans Out: A work of art from the museum’s collection may be requested for loan to another museum. This type of examination is done to determine if a work of art is stable enough to travel and if there are any special conditions that need to be dealt with before or during transit, or while on display at another institution.

Loans In: When works of art come into the museum from another museum conservators are often required to examine each piece to determine if there was any damage in transit. Exhibitions such as Roman Art from the Louvre require by contract that conservators complete incoming examinations. Major exhibitions like this can take conservators weeks to complete.

Pre-treatment: Examination prior to treatment is often the most in-depth form of examination performed and can take days to complete for each work of art. Understanding the structural composition and the history of a work of art, its deterioration and previous restoration can be extraordinarily difficult, but is an essential component in developing the correct treatment for the work. These examinations include complete photographic documentation and many times require x-ray, infrared, ultra-violet light and in-depth examination with a stereo microscope.

To find more information about conservation and examination of works of art, please follow these links

Getty Conservation Research Resources:

Mar 2, 2012