Adopt an Artwork

Interior with Figures

This lovely little treasure, which was just featured in “Small Treasures”, is dulled by a layer of discolored varnish, which also appears to be unevenly applied. A light grime and dust layer is also getting in the way of appreciating this painting. Treatment would involve removing the varnish and old retouching as much as safely possible and filling or toning old paint losses and abrasions. Once all of this is fixed, the painting will be a much stronger presence in our Dutch gallery.

Piece Highlights

  • Artist: Jan Steen, Netherlands, 1626 - 1679
  • Medium: oil on wood


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 (; 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 // 205.297.8064.