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OLLI at American University

4801 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Room A (1st Floor)

Washington, DC 20016

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Conservation

A painted terracotta bust that showed signs of its five-century provenance emerged from the prestigious National Gallery of Art Conservation Division in 2006 in splendor. The likeness had been conclusively identified as Lorenzo de’Medici, the head of a wealthy banking family that ruled the city-state of Florence in the Renaissance. The bust portrays him as a Florentine citizen wearing a simple draped headdress instead of the learned and ruthless de facto prince he was. Lorenzo’s identification and restoration is an example of the work of a 50-scientist conservation staff at the National Gallery of Art.

Mervin Richard is the chief of conservation at the National Gallery of Art, where he has worked since 1984. Prior to joining the staff of the National Gallery, he worked as a painting conservator at the Intermuseum Conservation Association in Oberlin, Ohio, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Winterthur Museum. He was also an adjunct assistant professor of painting conservation in the graduate program at the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum.

LOCATION: All spring lectures are held in the Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in Room A on the First Floor.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: The lecture hall holds 105 people. Due to limited seating, reservations through Eventbrite are required to attend lectures. Each registrant may reserve one seat. Your name must be on the list of registrants in order to enter the lecture and you must be in your seat five minutes before the lecture starts to guarantee your seat. Visit https://www.olli-dc.org/lecture_series_overview for more information.

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Washington, DC 20016

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