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Perry Glass Studio

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Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

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Historic Houses

Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon to 5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Barry Arts Building at 4600 Monarch Way —
Tuesday-Thursday

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. See what's on view

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Weddings & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Studio Assistantship Program

Further your career and join us in Norfolk.
Applications available Fall 2019

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

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March 24, 2019

On the Road to the National Gallery

Mark Lewis cleaning Allegorical Figure of Spring by
Jacopo Robusti (Tintoretto) in Conservation. December 2018. Photo by Ed Pollard.

 

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Robusti (Tintoretto), the Chrysler’s Allegorical Figure of Spring will be on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. starting this spring. It will appear alongside other works by the great Venetian artist in Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice, the first retrospective of the artist in North America.

Around 1546, Tintoretto was commissioned to create several works for Palazzo Barbo in Venice, including a huge ceiling painting depicting The Allegory of the Dreams of Men and a series of figures personifying the four seasons on the four walls. Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. purchased Allegorical Figure of Spring in the decade following World War II and gifted it to the Chrysler in 1971. Summer is at the National Gallery of Art, and Fall is in a private collection in Japan. Winter has been lost.

Mark Lewis cleaning Allegorical Figure of Spring by
Jacopo Robusti (Tintoretto) in Conservation. December 2018. Photo by Ed Pollard.

Before going on the road for this celebration, the Chrysler’s painting underwent extensive cleaning and restoration. The Museum collaborated with the National Gallery of Art and Old Dominion University (ODU) to restore the work. An initial examination of the piece revealed black and brown discoloration in the foliage that was likely caused by the use of copper resinate, a beautiful transparent green commonly used in the Renaissance. Because the paint is made of copper and pine resin, it can mysteriously turn brown over time. Scientists from the National Gallery examined small samples of our painting and used microscopy to help us better understand the many layers of paint used by Tintoretto to create the work.

To identify the pigments the artist used, we enlisted the help of Old Dominion University Chemistry faculty member Dr. Craig Bayse and graduate student Sarah Horne. They examined the Tintoretto painting using X-ray fluorescence technology, a nondestructive, analytical technique that uncovers information about the elemental composition of an object. A series of cleaning tests revealed that, although some of the greens had darkened over time, the biggest issue was layers of discolored overpaint that had been applied in previous restorations. We removed the overpaint, uncovering the original colors of the foliage that were much brighter and closer to what the artist created centuries ago.

Restoration of Allegorical Figure of Spring was made possible by contributions from the Museum’s Honorable Society of Former Trustees.

 

—Lloyd DeWitt, PhD, Chief Curator and Irene Leache Curator of European Art and Mark Lewis, Conservator

 

Jacopo Robusti (Tintoretto), Allegorical Figure of Spring, ca. 1555, Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

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