The Philadelphia Museum of Art acquired Thomas Eakins’ masterpiece, “The Gross Clinic,” in 2007 after a battle to keep the painting in Philadelphia. The museum, in association with PAFA, has been doing a thorough restoration of the work since, trying to removed the damage caused by years of pour treatment and misguided restoration attempts. The piece will be unveiled at the museum in it’s final home in the coming months.
The museum has written a series of articles following the painting through history and the current restoration process. Its definitely and interesting read, be sure to follow the links at the bottom of each article to read the full series. Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic