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Conserving William H. Johnson's Portrait of a Man

Conserving a Painting

Smithsonian American Art Museum conservator Ann Creager inpaints a William H. Johnson artwork, Portrait of a Man.

Witness the magic of conservation in our latest video—and get the museum world’s take on “before” and “after.”

In this three-minute documentary, Ann Creager conserves a painting, Portrait of a Man, by William H. Johnson. Treating this damaged artwork took Ann several months, but you see an amazing transformation in this short video!

You can stop by to view conservators at work in our Lunder Conservation Center. There you will see museum staff examining and treating artworks in state-of-the-art laboratories. Plus, visit this painting in the new Luce Foundation Center for American Art, which presents 3,500 artworks in glass cases.