An Old Master Painting Restored: King David by Girolamo da Santa Croce

August 30–December 4, 1994

An Old Master Painting Restored focused on the conservation of Girolamo da Santa Croce's King David, a sixteenth-century Venetian School portrait of the biblical king playing his lyre.

The newly restored painting, which had not been conserved since the 1930s, revealed the work's rich, original coloration and the artist's detailed brushwork. Employing documentary photographs and labels alongside the restored painting, the exhibition afforded audiences a close look at the conservation process and exemplified the Museum's commitment to teaching exhibitions.

The conservation was made possible through a grant from the Women's Board of the University of Chicago.