Conservation -- 6

Cleopatra was covered with several coats of paint, as evident in this photographic detail of the head.

Working with Chicago conservator Andrzej Dajnowski, who specializes in outdoor sculpture, the museum decided after much discussion to remove the paint and all of the previous restorations. The results, as suggested in another detail of the head revealed, by comparison, that the sculpture was even more weathered and disfigured than expected.


Photography by George Gurney