Conserving Old Master Drawings


Watch a Getty conservator analyze and treat a drawing using a variety of techniques.

Produced in conjunction with an exhibition on paper conservation, this short video was displayed on an interactive video kiosk next to the drawing along with didactic wall panel with further information.

Rather than providing explicit information about conservation treatments, the video shows how conservators’ respect for the original intent of the artist allows viewers to focus on the beauty of the design — not the damage.


Produced for The J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition The Secret Life of Drawings in 2010.

Custom interactive video application on touch screen computer; also available online.

Director: Paco Link
Producer: Lien Nguye
Writer: Nina Diamond
Editor: Maria Gilbert