Rosati Sculpture and Conservation Test

Dr. Maura Lyons’ Material World of Art class recently had an online discussion with Courtney Murray, objects conservator at the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis. They discussed her condition survey of the James Rosati sculpture that sits outside the Fine Arts Center (FAC), and students also had the chance to ask about the field of art conservation.

During her past visit to Drake, she opened a window on the surface of the sculpture that shows several layers of paint that have been applied to the piece over time. This information will help in determining the proper color if and when the sculpture is repainted as part of its conservation.

Florence Cowles Kruidenier presented the Untitled Rosati sculpture as a gift to Drake University in memory of her late husband David S. Kruidenier, Sr. who received his PH.B. in 1906 and LL.B. in 1909 from the University. Mr. Kruidenier was a long-time member and officer of the Drake Board of Trustees, former CEO of the Des Moines Register and Tribune, and visual and performing arts supporter.