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Michele D. Marincola


Sherman Fairchild Chairman and Professor of Conservation; Conservator, The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (part-time); Conservation Consultant, Villa La Pietra

M.A. and Certificate in Conservation, 1990, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Research interests

Technical art history, objects conservation, technology and conservation of medieval wood and stone sculpture, conservation history and ethics, conservation of modern sculpture

Sample courses

Issues in Conservation: Historical and Ethical Considerations in the Development of a Discipline; Polychromy and Monochromy: Treatment of Medieval Wooden Sculpture; Conservation of Stone Sculpture.

Recent public lectures

“Modes of Replication and the Loss of the Original: Processes of Art Making in pre-Modern Europe,” Courtauld Institute of Art, London, October 30, 2012.

with Sarah Maisey: “To Err is Human: Understanding and Sharing Mistakes in Conservation Practice,” ICOM-CC, 16th Triennial Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 19-23 September 2011.

with Lucretia Kargère: , “The Conservation of Polychrome Wood Sculpture in the United States: An Historical Overview 1870-1970,” ICOM-CC, 16th Triennial Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 19-23 September 2011.

“Blink Twice: Making Mistakes in Conservation,” General Session, Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, Milwaukee WI, May 13, 2010.

“Understanding Medieval Polychrome Sculpture: Technical Studies of Twelfth-Century Italian and Spanish Crucifixes,” Villa La Pietra Graduate Studies Seminar, February 16, 2010, Florence, Italy. 

"The Cloisters' Spanish Romanesque Crucifix (not) from Astudillo," Fulda Crucifix Conference, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 17-18, 2008. 

Recent symposia organized

Leonardo da Vinci, Recent Technical Findings and Discoveries, February 18, 2012, Wood Auditorium, Avery, Columbia University.
Preserving Destruction: ANAGPIC Professional Day Talks, April 19, 2008, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. 

Conservation Legacies of L'Alluvione: A Symposium Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Florence Flood, November 10-11, 2006, NYU-Florence, Villa la Pietra, Florence, Italy. 

Cesare Brandi, October 4, 2006, Italian Cultural Institute, NY.

Selected publications


Michele Marincola and Sarah Maisey, “To Err is Human: Understanding and Sharing Mistakes in Conservation Practice,” ICOM-CC 16th, Triennial Conference, Lisbon. Preprints, 2011, paper 1911.

Lucretia Kargère and Michele Marincola, “The Conservation of Polychrome Wood Sculpture in the United States: An Historical Overview 1870-1970,” ICOM-CC 16th Triennial Conference, Lisbon. Preprints, 2011, paper 1703.

Chapuis, Julien und Michele Marincola, "Bemerkungen zum Meister der Biberacher Sippe und zu einem hl. Rochus in The Cloisters," in Nicht die Bibliothek, sondern das Auge: Westeuropäische Skulptur und Malerei an der Wende zur Neuzeit, 66-75.Petersberg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2008.

"Brandi in America: Further Thoughts towards a History."In Cesare Brandi Oggi, Prime ricognizioni (Atti del Convegno, May-June 2007), 251-258.Rome: Istituto Centrale di Restauro, 2008.

"Riemenschneider's Use of the Decorative Punch."In Tilman Riemenschneider, c. 1460-1531. Studies in the History of Art, 65. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2004.

"Polychromy." In Encyclopedia of Sculpture.Chicago, IL: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.

"A Technical Investigation of the Dumbarton Oaks Virgin and Child by Tilman Riemenschneider."The Sculpture Journal IV (2000): 24-34.

"The Surfaces of Riemenschneider's Sculpture."In Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages, 100-116.Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1999.

"A Standing Virgin in The Cloisters: The Conservation and Restoration of a Medieval Alabaster." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Winter 1997/98): 38-45.

Stein, R., J. Kimmel, F. Klemm, M. Marincola. "Observations on Cyclododecane as a Temporary Consolidant for Stone." Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 39, no. 3 (Spring 2001): 355-369.

Ellen Pearlstein, Ellen and Michele Marincola, eds. Loss Compensation: Technical and Philosophical Issues, Proceedings of the Objects Specialty Group Session.Washington, D. C.: American Institute for Conservation , 1994.

Selected honors

Professional Associate, American Institute for Conservation Co-Chair, Objects Specialty Group, American Institute for Conservation, 1993-95 Professional Study Grant, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Use of Purple Fluorite as an Artists' Pigment in the Middle Ages, 1997 Panel Reviewer, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Conservation Project Support, 1997, 2002