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"Appearance and Reality: Recent Studies in Conservation": The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 55, no. 3 (Winter, 1997-1998)

"Appearance and Reality: Recent Studies in Conservation"

Abramitis, Dorothy H., James H. Frantz, Elizabeth Hendrix, Michele Marincola, Deborah Schorsch, and Richard E. Stone
56 pages
8.5 x 11 in
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Dorothy Abramitis

Dorothy Abramitis is principally responsible for the Greek and Roman collection. Her responsibilities include the technical examination and treatment of objects in all media. She was the supervising conservator for the 15-year reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries, which was completed in 2007. Dorothy has been involved in significant research on stone sculpture and polychromy in antiquity. She has participated in international organizations and symposia focused on these subjects, including the Polychrome RoundTable and ASMOSIA. She received a certificate in conservation with an MA in art history from New York University and an MFA in sculpture from Rutgers University.

Selected publications

Abramitis, Dorothy H., and Abbe Mark B. “A group of painted funerary monuments from Hellenistic Alexandria in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” In Les couleurs de l'Antique. Actes de la 8e table ronde internationale sur la polychromie antique / The Colours of the Antique (Polychromy in Ancient Sculpture and Architecture, 8th Round Table), edited by B. Bourgeois, pp. 60-71. Technè n°48, 2020.

Abramitis, Dorothy H. “Statue of an Old Woman: A Case Study in the Effects of Restorations on the Visual Aspect of Sculpture.” In “Appearance and Reality: Recent Studies in Conservation.The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 55, no. 3 (Winter 1997–98): 30–37

Abramitis, Dorothy. “Conservation Report, Bacchus Seated on a Panther.” In “A Giustiniani Bacchus and François Duquesnoy,” by Olga Reggio, 220–21. Metropolitan Museum Journal 40 (2005).

James Frantz

Elizabeth Hendrix

Michele Marincola

Deborah Salomon

Richard Shone

Richard Stone

Head and neck from a marble figure, Marble, Cycladic
2700–2500 BCE
Marble male figure, Marble, Cycladic
2400–2300 BCE or later
Marble head from the figure of a woman, Marble, Cycladic
2700–2500 BCE
Marble female figure, Marble, Cycladic
2700–2600 BCE
Marble female figure, Bastis Master, Marble, Cycladic
Bastis Master
2600–2400 BCE
Relief with hieroglyphic label "Lord of Cats' Town", Limestone
ca. 2353–2150 B.C.
Ipuy and Wife Receive Offerings from Their Children (substantially restored), Norman de Garis Davies, Tempera on paper
Norman de Garis Davies
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
Bastet holding an aegis, Cupreous metal
664–30 B.C.
Sacred animal mummy of a cat, Linen, paint, animal remains, mummification materials
ca. 400 B.C.–100 A.D.
Cat Statuette intended to contain a mummified cat, Leaded bronze
332–30 B.C.
Marble statue of an old woman, Marble, Pentelic, Roman
14–68 CE
Fragments of a marble statue of the Diadoumenos (youth tying a fillet around his head), Polykleitos, Marble, Roman
ca. 69–96 CE
Terracotta statuette of the Diadoumenos (youth tying a fillet around his head), Terracotta, Greek
1st century BCE
Marble head of an old woman, Marble, Roman
ca. 1st century CE
Virgin, Joan Avesta  Spanish, Alabaster, traces of gilt, paint, French
Joan Avesta
ca. 1370–90
Ewer, Ferdinand Eusebio Miseroni  Italian, Smoky rock crystal, enamel, gold, diamonds, Bohemian, Prague with French, Paris mounts
Ferdinand Eusebio Miseroni
ca. 1680 and early 19th century
Tureen, Charles Percier  French, Silver gilt, French, Paris
Multiple artists/makers