Projects

The U.S. Department of State’s role as a steward of heritage assets is integral to the nation’s diplomatic mission abroad. Other facets of cultural diplomacy are the visual arts programs designed for American embassies, the grant-funded conservation projects in developing countries, and museum collections overseen by allied heritage programs within the State Department.

Indonesian Batiks

Through a partnership between the Museum Tekstil and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, textile conservator Julia M. Brennan led a nine-day textile conservation workshop for Indonesian heritage professionals, and worked with a local team to complete the conservation and remounting of twenty-four monumental batiks in the State Department’s collection by renowned Indonesian artist Iwan Tirta and others. The initiative prioritized capacity building for the Indonesian museum community, provided participants from across Indonesia with foundational training in preventive conservation and textile care, and furnished basic tools and supplies.

Color photograph, three people leaning over a framed tapestry; The fabric is blue with an eagle and small gold stars.

Washington Portrait

With generous support from the Fund to Conserve U.S. Diplomatic Treasures Abroad, the Office of Cultural Heritage is pursuing an authentication study of the State Department’s painting of Washington at Princeton, attributed to Charles Willson Peale, on display in the Louis XVI Salon of the Ambassador’s Residence in Paris, France. Cultural Heritage seeks to authenticate the painting through a connoisseurship study to establish a complete provenance, complemented by a comprehensive technical investigation involving comparative analysis of the painting against other known Peale works. Conservation of the painting will follow these studies. The Franco-American collaboration between institutions, curators, historians, and conservators serves as a diplomatic gesture, and findings from the study stand to contribute to American art historical scholarship. Cultural Heritage will make the results of this investigation available to Peale scholars and the art historical community at large through the production of a short documentary film.

Washington Portrait

With generous support from the Fund to Conserve U.S. Diplomatic Treasures Abroad, the Office of Cultural Heritage is pursuing an authentication study of the State Department’s painting of Washington at Princeton, attributed to Charles Willson Peale, on display in the Louis XVI Salon of the Ambassador’s Residence in Paris, France. Cultural Heritage seeks to authenticate the painting through a connoisseurship study to establish a complete provenance, complemented by a comprehensive technical investigation involving comparative analysis of the painting against other known Peale works. Conservation of the painting will follow these studies. The Franco-American collaboration between institutions, curators, historians, and conservators serves as a diplomatic gesture, and findings from the study stand to contribute to American art historical scholarship. Cultural Heritage will make the results of this investigation available to Peale scholars and the art historical community at large through the production of a short documentary film.

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