Adopt an Artwork

Girl with Bonnet

This painting does not need much, but what little it needs will have a great impact. Some old overpaint needs to be removed and improved, but basically it just needs a proper cleaning. The rosy cheeks, delicate skin tones, and the whites of her veil and blouse are now obscured under yellowed varnish and dirt on the surface. Once cleaned, all that will come back to life as intended by the artist. At the moment, we keep this painting in storage, but once it is cleaned and looks its very best, we want to show it in the gallery. Help us do it!

Piece Highlights

  • Artist: After Jean-Baptiste Greuze
  • Medium: oil on canvas


It’s easy to adopt an artwork! Here is a Step-by-Step:

  1. Once you have chosen which artwork you would like to adopt, reach out to our Curator of European Art, Robert Schindler ([email protected]; 205.297.8064), and let him know. You can also jointly adopt an artwork with friends or family (even a company can adopt an artwork)!
  2. We will then send you information on the work you have selected, including its conservation needs and a treatment proposal. You will also be invited to the tour before the work is conserved.
  3. When the conservation is completed, you will be invited for a viewing “after treatment” and you will be sent an invoice along with the treatment report.
  4. Finally, choose whether you want to be credited on the gallery label or not. At the end, you send your payment for the treatment to Robert and we will forward to you a formal acknowledgment of your tax-deductible contribution.
  5. Done!

If you have questions or would like to adopt an artwork, please call or email Robert [email protected] // 205.297.8064.