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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 Treatment Hours


2012 Total Treatment Hours

The number of hours spent by the conservation department on treatments of art in 2012.

The number of hours spent by a team of 13 IMA conservators treating works of art, after examination, to alter and improve their condition in 2012.

As explained in Total Examination Hours, examinations must occur prior to the treatment of works of art to determine the best method of improvement or preservation.

Treatments vary from minor stabilization such as securing lifting paint on a painting or sculpture, to major structural repairs where the work of art is separated into its fundamental components so each can be worked on separately. The piece is then reassembled, taking into consideration all aesthetic and long term stability requirements.

Cleaning, removal of old restorations and compensation for losses are at times the most difficult and time consuming parts of a treatment. Some treatments will take two hours while others may take months and involve as many as 100 to 500 hours. Treating a group of objects for a textile exhibition, such as “Simply Halston”, could take six months or two years.

Getty Conservation Research Resources:

Sebastiano Mainardi: The Science of Art:

Moving LOVE video:

Mar 2, 2012