Charles Tumosa and Marion Mecklenburg

ID: SIA2011-1102

Creator: Dougherty, Harold E

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1991

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-015, Box 2, Folder: September 1991

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Analytical Services Group Leader Charles S. Tumosa and Conservation Analytical Laboratory Painting Conservator and Structural Engineer Marion F. Mecklenburg discuss the computer-generated image of a painting that has deliberately been dropped to simulate what might happen to such an artwork in transit. Mecklenburg argued that conservators of fine art traditionally focus on the chemical deterioration of paintings, yet protecting paintings in transit is an engineering dilemma. Today, whether they are traveling by plane, train or moving van, artworks on loan from museums risk exposure to vibration, impact and variations in temperatures and humidity--conditions that have the potential to cause damage.


  • Tumosa, Charles
  • Mecklenburg, Marion
  • Museum Conservation Institute
  • Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Featured in the Smithsonian "Torch," September 1991.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-015, Box 2, Folder: September 1991

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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  • Art
  • Art-transport
  • Preservation of materials
  • Art-Packing
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Computer Imaging
  • Employees
  • National Collections
  • Conservators
  • Art objects
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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