Conservator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, inpainting lost areas of a 400 year-old Tibetan thangka
Writing in The Art Newspaper on the 29 March 2012 Emily Sharpe reports that –
Conservators from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston called upon the services of nuns from Kathmandu, as well as Tibetan and Taiwanese specialists in silk brocades and Japanese fabricators of gilt-bronze decorative ornaments for an ambitious, two-year project to restore a series of 400-year-old thangkas or Tibetan paintings. The works, which depict the kings of the utopian realm of Shambhala, also known as Shangri-la, form part of the exhibition “Seeking Shambhala”…
A team of conservators spent around 4,000 hours on the project using materials sourced from far-flung corners of the world. “It was a truly global initiative,” says Elgar. “We wanted the mounts to be as authentic as possible.”
The works are on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston until the 21 October 2012. There will be a Gallery Talk today from 2-3pm in the Sharf Visitor Centre.