My name is Maria Movsheva, and I am a freshman (Class of 2019) majoring in Art History with a possible minor in Mathematics. I have previous experience working with conservation of historic objects – measuring dimensions of rooms and their features in a 19th century Moscow villa with a Conservation workshop of South-Eastern Moscow. I plan to utilize my visual arts skills and passion for history of art and Mediterranean world in accessing the Fayum portraits. So far I know of two ways of studying works of arts – by reading about them and by re-creating them. I hope that this course will give me the third method – by handling artifacts with one's own hands.

Week 6–Egyptian Blue and Madder

The class started with the week’s readings – L. Spaabaek’s “Conservation of Mummy portraits at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek” and M. Cannata’s “Funerary Artists. The Textual Evidence.” Learning of the panel conservation efforts of the 19th century archeologists, we were at first appalled by W. Flinders Petrie’s conservation strategy: heating up the existing wax on […]