The paint removal is complete on the exterior. This has revealed how the fabricators overcame the difficulties of working with sheet steel in forming intricate and highly 3 dimensional shapes…they abandoned it! It turns out that the head, hands and toes are actually formed from zinc which was then soldered and riveted to the steel skin. This allowed them to create the more highly figured surfaces. The head is particularly well formed and its fully articulated features contrasts with the more generalized drapery.
Lisa Bruno is the head conservator of objects at the Brooklyn Museum, where she has been working since 1993. She has previously worked at the Art Institute of Chicago, and has had internships at The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and in private practice. She has a Masters Degree in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware, Winterthur Museum Art Conservation Department. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation.