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Biography: Astrid van Giffen

Astrid van Giffen
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Astrid van Giffen
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Associate Conservator

Astrid van Giffen became the Assistant Conservator in 2009. In 2007, she completed the conservation training program of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with a specialization in glass and ceramics. Her training included internships at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, and The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Since completing the ICN program, she’s worked as a private conservator in Oregon and was the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Objects Conservation at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies of the Harvard Art Museum (2008-2009). She also holds a BA (2001) in Classical Studies from Willamette University.

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Cleaning objects in the collection is an important part of their care. Dusting and light cleaning (which can be a challenge itself; read about it in this recent blog post, Maintaining the shine) is usually done by the preparators, while the more complete and complicated cleanings are done by the... more
Blaschka Nr. 287: Synapta maculata (1885); Synapta maculata (2016), Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, Dresden, Germany, 1885. Lent by Cornell University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. L.17.3.63-8. In preparation for Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and... more
Early microscopes like the one made by Antoni van Leewenhoek, on display in Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope, were used to examine the quality of cloth. Today microscopes are used in three important aspects of glass conservation: examination, research, and treatment... more