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Thursday, Oct 9, 2003

Hyde Receives Grant From Lower Hudson Conference

    
   October 9, 2003
CONTACT:  Stacey Mattison,
Communications Manager
518-792-1761 x 20
 smattison@hydecollection.org

GLENS FALLS, NY - The Hyde Collection was recently awarded a $3,000  grant from the Conservation Treatment Grant Program administered by the Lower Hudson Conference in association with the Museum Program of the New York State Council of the Arts. Grants from this program are allocated toward the conservation treatment of paintings, textiles, furniture, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative art held in publicly accessible collections.  This funding will allow for the conservation treatment of the Museum's twelfth-century French Gothic stained glass panel entitled Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple (c. 1195).  The Hyde Fellows, a Museum advocacy group dedicated to conservation contributed the remaining funds needed to restore the stained glass panel, which due to its poor condition was taken off public view in 1994.


Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple was purchased by Mr. Hyde in 1928 and is evidence of his interest in Medieval stained glass as well as a stunning example of French Gothic decorative art that cannot be found anywhere else in the region. It was created in the style of the Lyon School, represented in the stained windows of Lyon Cathedral, France, and contains original lead and glass. Once restored, the panel will be reinstalled in the stairwell window, its original Hyde-era setting.


The piece will be conserved by Dianne Rousseau of Cummings Studios, located in North Adams, Massachusetts, leaders in the field of stained glass conservation. Ms. Rousseaus experience includes the conservation of significant pieces at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA), and the Museum of Fine Arts (Springfield, MA), among others. In May of 2003, she completed a Condition Report and Treatment Proposal on the Hyde panel where she noted that,  all the glass is heavily encrusted with putty residue around the leads, and there are accretions of putty migrating out onto the glass in many areas& any amount of reflected or raking light throws these accretions into relief and distracts the viewer& this putty residue may also be attacking the glass.


To correct these issues, Diane Rousseau in collaboration with The Hyde's curatorial department will identify, through scientific testing, the age of each piece of glass and each type of lead. These test results will determine the next appropriate course of action, which will likely involve disassembling the lead matrix, preserving the Medieval and 1840s-restoration lead and glass pieces, treating the glass and lead, and reassembling and framing the panel for installation. All stages of conservation will be documented by Cummings Studios.


The conservation of The Presentation of Christ Child in the Temple is one example of The Hyde Collection's ongoing conservation efforts.  The Hyde Collection is a long-standing member of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center and annually allocats institutional funds for conservation.


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Note to editors:  Detailed images of this piece in its current state are available.

For more information, contact Stacey Mattison at 518-792-1761 ext. 20.



The Hyde Collection is a historic house and art museum complex that combines the heritage of the Adirondack Region with a distinguished permanent collection consisting of works by European old and modern masters and American artists, important decorative arts and antique furnishings. In addition, the Museum provides changing exhibitions in four gallery spaces, lectures, concerts, family activities and school programming as well as a Museum Shop. Admission free with voluntary donations accepted. The Hyde Collection is a publicly supported, non-governmental institution located at 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, New York.


Open year-round Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM; Thursday till 7 PM; Sunday noon - 5 PM. Closed Mondays and national holidays. Admission free. For information, call 518-792-1761. www.hydeartmuseum.org



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