Adopt an Artwork

Saint Mark the Evangelist

This large, impressive painting has many mysteries – not the least being its painter. Simply judging from its size it must have been an important commission. However, time has taken a bit of a toll on it, as you can expect from a painting of this age. Dirt, old repairs, and structural issues threaten the painting and make it look far from its best. It appears that the painting was cut in two at one time or created originally from two pieces of canvas. The horizontal seam between these two canvases is visible to the naked eye. The paint along this seam has suffered and old, unfortunately very generous, retouching has discolored over time and is now disfiguring the painting. Also, the painting is lined, i.e. a second canvas has at some point been attached to the back to support the original canvas, but this lining is now detaching and little, what we call “blisters,” can be seen along the edges. As if that was not enough, the protective varnish of the painting has yellowed over time and there is a dirt and grime layer on the surface. The painting is in desperate need of attention and it would benefit greatly from conservation!

Piece Highlights

  • Artist: Attributed to Jan Lievensz, Netherlands, 1607 - 1674
  • 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 (; 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.