Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance Grants

Period of Performance

5/1/2010 - 11/30/2011

Funding Totals

$6,000.00 (approved)
$6,000.00 (awarded)

Detailed Conservation Survey of Indian Miniature Paintings in the Permanent Collection of the La Salle University Art Museum

FAIN: PG-50883-10

La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA 19141-1108)
Carmen Vendelin (Project Director: May 2009 to March 2012)

A conservation assessment of 133 Indian miniature paintings on paper dating from the 15th through 19th centuries. The assessment is the first step in preparing these paintings for exhibition and further study by scholars of Indian art, history, religion, calligraphy, and literature. In addition, they are of interest to music scholars, because the miniatures often reflect the musical modes or ragas of classical Indian music.

La Salle University Art Museum seeks grant assistance to hire a professional art conservator to conduct a detailed conservation survey of our Indian miniature paintings as the next step before arranging conservation treatment for our most seriously compromised and threatened artworks. A July 2007 ReCAP provided a general survey of the Museum's environmental controls, exhibitions spaces, art work storage, and housing. As most of the recommendations made by the Conservator in the ReCAP report have been accomplished, this detailed assessment is the next step in the conservation process. One hundred thirty-three artworks have been identified as in need of evaluation and possible conservation treatment. This survey will specify the condition concerns and any proposed treatment for the artworks and will give the Museum Advisory Board and staff the information they need to prioritize the collection's conservation needs.