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Staff List

George Bisacca George Bisacca, Conservator, joined the department in 1983. He received conservation training at the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, where he specialized in the structural treatment of painting on solid support. He has been invited to treat panel paintings at several institutions in the United States and Europe, including the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, the Getty Museum, the Prado Museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, and the Szepmuveszeti, Budapest. He was awarded the title and medal of honor of "Alfonso X, El Sabio" from the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 2001 and The Gabarron Foundation award for conservation in 2012.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Bisacca, George, and Ciro Castelli. "Italian Panel Paintings." In Conservation of Easel Paintings, edited by Joyce Hill Stoner and Rebecca Rushfield, 72–86. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • Bisacca, George. "The Treatment of Durer's Adam and Eve Panels at the Prado Museum." In Facing the Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation: Trends, Treatments, and Training, edited by Alan Phenix and Sue Ann Chui, 10–24. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2001.
  • Newberry, Timothy J., George Bisacca, and Laurence B. Kanter. Italian Renaissance Frames. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1990.
Sean Digney-Peer Shawn Digney-Peer, Associate Conservator, received a BS in French language and studio art from Georgetown University (Washington, DC). He obtained a postgraduate diploma in the conservation of easel paintings at the Courtauld Institute (London, UK) and then undertook an internship and Samuel H. Kress Fellowship at the Hamilton Kerr Institute (University of Cambridge, UK), where he treated old master pictures. In 2005, Shawn moved to New York for an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum and was hired the following year to care for nineteenth-century, modern, and contemporary works. He may be contacted at [email protected].
 

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Isabelle Duvernois Isabelle Duvernois, Associate Conservator, joined the staff of the Department of Paintings Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum in 2005. Since then, she has specialized in the conservation of the Modern and Contemporary collection. Her most recent work includes collaborative research on objects in such exhibitions as Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection (2014), Matisse: In Search of True Painting (2012), Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keefe (2011), and Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2010). She is a graduate of New York University's Conservation Center and Institute of Fine Arts.
 

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Michael Gallagher Michael Gallagher was appointed Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Department of Paintings Conservation, in October 2005. In addition to his managerial role, he specializes in the conservation of old master paintings and has published and lectured on many that he has conserved, including works by Bassano, Cranach, Giaquinto, Le Brun, Perino del Vaga, Reynolds, and Velázquez. He undertook postgraduate training at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, England. Following a fellowship at the J. Paul Getty Museum, he worked for the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin; and the National Galleries of Scotland.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Bayer, Andrea, Michael Gallagher, and Silvia A. Centeno. "Jacopo Bassano's Baptism of Christ." Artibus et Historiae, no. 68 (2013): 83–103.
  • Gallagher, Michael. "A New Painting by Perino del Vaga: Recent Cleaning and Technical Observations." The Burlington Magazine (October 2011): 650–2.
  • ———. "Velázquez's Philip IV in the Metropolitan Museum." In Metropolitan Museum Journal 45 (2010): 187–98.
Charlotte Hale Charlotte Hale, Conservator, joined the Department of Paintings Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum in 1987. She works on paintings spanning the collection, with special focus on the nineteenth century; among recent conservation treatments are pictures by Renoir and Degas. Her publications include technical studies of works by Lorenzo Monaco, Giovanni Bellini, Velázquez, Ingres, Gauguin, and Cézanne. She has worked closely with curatorial colleagues on two recent shows at the Metropolitan: Madame Cézanne (2014) and Van Gogh: Irises and Roses (2015). Charlotte received her training in the conservation of paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and returned as Research Forum visiting conservator in 2008.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Rutherglen, Susannah, and Charlotte Hale. In a New Light: Giovanni Bellini's "St. Francis in the Desert." London: Giles, in association with The Frick Collection, 2015.
  • Hale, Charlotte. "A Template for Experimentation: Cézanne's Process and the Paintings of Hortense Fiquet." In Madame Cézanne, by Dita Amory, 45–71. New Haven and London: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press, 2014.
  • ———. "Paul Gauguin's Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Recent Revelations through Technical Examination." In The Lure of the Exotic: Gauguin in New York Collections, edited by Colta Ives and Susan Stein, 175–95. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002.
Dorothy Mahon Dorothy Mahon, Conservator, received her MA in the history of art and a certificate of advanced study in conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She was appointed to the staff in 1981 and has conserved paintings spanning the collection, with emphasis on the technical examination and treatment of European paintings of the 15th to 19th centuries and American paintings, including works by Veronese, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Goya, Delacroix, Homer, and Sargent. She has participated in the supervision and training of many graduate interns and fellows, and is a member of the editorial board of the Metropolitan Museum Journal.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Kornhauser, Elizabeth Mankin, and Dorothy Mahon. "Technical Brilliance Revealed: Bingham's Fur Traders Descending the Missouri." In Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River, 135–55. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.
  • Mahon, Dorothy, Silvia A. Centeno, Mark T. Wypyski, Xavier F. Salomon, and Andrea Bayer. "Technical Study of Three Allegorical Paintings by Paolo Veronese." In Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology 1 (2010): 83–108.
  • The Frick Collection—The Cleaning of Rembrandt's Self-Portrait, 1658
Alan Miller
Alan Miller, Associate Conservator, specializes in the structural conservation of panel paintings. He received an MA in art history from the University of Washington and a postgraduate diploma in the conservation of easel paintings from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Alan has been active in the Getty Panel Paintings Initiative, participating in the structural treatment of Durer's Adam and Eve panels at the Prado and structural treatment of Vasari's Last Supper panels, which were damaged in the 1966 Florence flood. His research interests include development of new spring mechanisms for use on secondary supports of previously thinned panels. See his LinkedIn profile.

 

Selected Publications:

  • Miller, M. Alan, and George Bisacca. "Recent Developments in the Evolution of Spring-Loaded Secondary Supports for Previously Thinned Panel Paintings." In AIC Paintings Specialty Group Postprints 26 (2014). American Institute for Conservation, Paintings Specialty Group
  • Miller, M. Alan. "Marvel Seal Envelopes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." In The Picture Restorer. London: BAPCR, April 2011.
  • Miller, M. Alan, George Bisacca, and Dimitri Galitzine. "The Development of a Spring Mechanism for use in Conjunction with Auxiliary Supports for Previously Thinned Panels." In Facing the Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation: Trends, Treatments, and Training, 59–68. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2001.
Cynthia Moyer Cynthia Moyer, Associate Conservator, graduated from William Smith College in 1975 with a BA in anthropology and sociology. Starting in 1974, she served informal apprenticeships in the furniture conservation field in Philadelphia and New York before establishing a private practice in 1977, specializing in gilded wood and finishes. She continued to train and joined the AIC in 1983. She has worked on contract for the Richard H. Jenrette Foundation, now CAHPT, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the MFA Boston. After a Metropolitan Museum contract in 2006–7 in objects conservation, she joined the Department of Paintings Conservation in 2009.
 

Selected Publications:

  • Moyer, Cynthia. "Ornamental Opulence: The French Régence Frame in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." American Institute for Conservation, Wooden Artifacts Group, Albuquerque, NM, May 2012 (postprints forthcoming).
  • Moyer, Cynthia, Remy Brazet, Gordon Hanlon, and Tracey Albainy. "The Conservation of a Set of Furniture Made for Thierry de Ville d'Avray: Discoveries in Gilding and Upholstery Practices in Eighteenth-Century Paris." In Apollo (May 2003): 39–44.
  • Moyer, Cynthia, and Gordon Hanlon. "Conservation of the Darnault Mirror: An Acrylic Emulsion Compensation System." AIC Journal (Fall 1996): 185–96.
Evan Read Evan Read, Associate Manager of Technical Documentation, works in tandem with the department's conservators on a wide range of treatment and research projects. He handles all aspects of the creation and management of photography, x-radiography, infrared reflectography, and infrared and ultraviolet photography. He earned a BS in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA from Hunter College in painting. Evan has an art practice centered on digital printing; examples of his work can be seen atwww.evanread.net.
Morgan Spatney Morgan Spatny, Administrator, has worked at the Metropolitan Museum since 2001 and has held positions in the Watson Library and the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. She joined the Sherman Fairchild Center for Paintings Conservation in 2007. She received her BA in art history and medieval studies from Fordham University, an MA in art education from Columbia University Teachers College, and an MLIS from Pratt Institute.