Adopt an Artwork

Still Life with Game Birds

This painting is overall in good condition, but its appearance is hampered by a light grime and dirt layer on the surface, a yellowed varnish, as well as old and unpleasant repairs. Especially unfortunate are vertical marks at the top of the painting that look like something dripped onto the painting. All of this needs to be removed, if possible. It is not a complicated treatment, but one that will improve the appearance significantly, so that your eyes are once again drawn to the details of the beautiful still life instead of the drip marks!

Piece Highlights

  • Artist: Cornelis Mahu, Flemish, 1613 - 1689
  • 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.