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INVENTORY OF THE GABRIELLE KOPELMAN PAPERS, 1950-2010, bulk 1970-1989
2010.M.78  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical / Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Separated Materials
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gabrielle Kopelman papers
    Date (inclusive): 1950-2010, bulk 1970-1989
    Number: 2010.M.78
    Creator/Collector: Kopelman, Gabrielle
    Physical Description: 10.8 linear feet (21 boxes)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The papers of Gabrielle Kopelman document her numerous projects as a New York-based independent conservator for various institutions such as The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Toledo Museum of Art, as well as art dealers including P. & D. Colnaghi & Company and Wildenstein & Company. The archive includes restoration projects of paintings by major artists such as Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Hendrik Terbrugghen. The bulk of the collection contains photographic documentation of paintings in the form of black-and-white prints, negatives, radiographs and color transparencies. Also included are related papers including correspondence, invoices, notes and clippings.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical / Historical Note

    Gabrielle Kopelman, an independent conservator of Old Master paintings based in New York, has restored numerous paintings for various institutions including The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Toledo Museum of Art and The Frick Collection, as well as art dealers such as P. & D. Colnaghi & Company, Limited, Thomas Agnew & Sons Limited, and Wildenstein & Company. Some of her more notable conservation projects include paintings by Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Hendrik Terbrugghen.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers, except Box 21, which is sealed until 2018.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Gabrielle Kopelman papers, 1950-2010 (bulk 1970-1989), The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2010.M.78

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. Victor Rodwin in 2010.

    Processing History

    Processed by Sheila Prospero under the supervision of Andra Darlington from January 2012 to March 2013.

    Separated Materials

    Four monographs and four serials were transferred to the library. These publications may be found by searching the Library Catalog  for the Gabrielle Kopelman Collection.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection documents Kopelman's numerous projects as an independent conservator commissioned by various institutions such as The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Toledo Museum of Art, as well as art dealers including P. & D. Colnaghi & Company and Wildenstein & Company. Highlights of the archive include restoration projects of paintings by major artists such as Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Hendrik Terbrugghen.
    The client files in Series I form the bulk of the archive and document Kopelman's conservation projects for museums, galleries and art dealers. The majority of the files contain black-and-white photographs and color transparencies of the paintings that Kopelman restored, as well as related papers including correspondence, invoices and clippings. Some files also include color slides and prints, as well as x-rays of artworks such as Rembrandt's Obelisk, Rubens's Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment, and One of Their Children and Antoine Watteau's The Island of Cythera.
    Series II provides a glimpse into Kopelman's research work and conservation process. A small number of research papers and condition notes on numerous paintings comprise this series. The archive also contains a collection of black-and-white photographs of frames which can be found in Series III. These photographs were organized by Kopelman according to school.
    Additional black-and-white negatives of paintings restored by Kopelman comprise Series IV. Hundreds of these negatives have been assigned numbers but the names of the works were not identified by Kopelman.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in four series: Series I. Client files, 1950-2010, bulk 1970-1989; Series II. Notes and research papers, undated; Series III. Photographs of frames, undated; Series IV. Negatives of paintings, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669
    Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640
    Terbrugghen, Hendrik, 1588?-1629
    Watteau, Antoine, 1684-1721

    Subjects - Topics

    Art dealers--United States
    Art museums--United States
    Painting, Baroque--Conservation and restoration
    Painting, Dutch--17th century
    Painting, Flemish--17th century
    Painting--Conservation and restoration--United States

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Black-and-white negatives
    Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Color prints (photographs)
    Color slides
    Color transparencies
    Photographic prints--20th century
    Photographs, Original
    Radiographs

    Contributors

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, Massachusetts)
    Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
    P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
    Richard L. Feigen & Company
    Thomas Agnew & Sons
    Toledo Museum of Art