Pre-conservation, 1875. Thomas Eakins, American, 1844-1916. Oil on
canvas, 8 feet x 6 feet 6 inches (243.8 x 198.1 cm). Philadelphia Museum
of Art, Gift of the Alumni Association to Jefferson Medical College in
1878 and purchased by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the
Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2007 with the generous support of more
than 3,500 donors, 2007.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates a masterpiece—and showcases it in a new light—in An Eakins Masterpiece Restored: Seeing ‘The Gross Clinic’ Anew, July 24-Jan. 9. One of the most significant works by Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), The Gross Clinic has recently undergone a major restoration, using a new conservation treatment that addressed problems caused by an aggressive cleaning of its surface in the 1920s.
And mark your calendars: Held in conjunction with The Gross Clinic exhibition is Eakins on Paper: Drawings and Watercolors from the Collection, coming up in September.
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