- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Museum of Art is giving visitors the opportunity to watch as a conservator restores a painting in the galleries, a task usually reserved for behind-the-scenes work in the conservation lab.

The exhibition titled “Actual State” begins Saturday and features two Flemish paintings attributed to a follower of Bernard van Orley: “The Ascension” and “The Pentecost.” Both were painted in about 1530.

Conservation treatment has been completed on “The Ascension,” including cleaning, varnishing and retouching. “The Pentecost” sits on a nearby easel in its actual state.

Conservator Noelle Ocon will restore “The Pentecost” one side at a time so the progress can be seen more easily.

Ocon will work Tuesdays and Thursdays and several weekends. The project ends July 10.




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