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Jean Dommermuth

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About Me

As a paintings conservator in private practice based in New York City, Jean Dommermuth has carried out conservation treatments of the highest standard for artists, dealers, collectors, and museums while at the same time pursuing academic and research interests.


She earned her BA in Art History from the University of Illinois, her MA in Art History and Diploma in Art Conservation from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and completed a two-year internship focusing on the treatment of old master paintings at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge University. In addition, she has an MBA from the University of Illinois. Her ongoing involvement with the Acton Collection at Villa La Pietra, New York University, Florence, began when she spent two years in residence there as a post-graduate fellow.


In addition to working in private practice, Jean is an Institute Lecturer for the Conservation Center where she teaches conservation techniques and ethics, and the history of painting technique. She has continued to act as a conservation consultant for the paintings collection at La Pietra, returning regularly and supervising students on treatment projects.


Jean has published on the painting techniques of artists including Sebastiano del Piombo, Bronzino, and Giacomo Ceruti. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Fulbright Specialist, and a member of ArtTable. In 2020, Jean won the Suzanne Deal Booth Rome Prize for Historic Preservation and Conservation. She began creating the podcast What Is a Painting? in 2022.

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Publications and Presentations

Publications and Presentations












Of Birds and Art and Books - A Review of Bird: Exploring the Winged World, Phaidon Press 2021

Linnaean Society of New York, May 2022


American Academy in Rome Shop Talk featuring Jean Dommermuth - Queste cose non durabili che passarono com' un ombra

February 15, 2021        



A Convenient Method: Canvas Painting in 16th Century Florence

Post Prints of the Paintings Specialty Group, Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, Houston, May 2018

Conservation Practice in the Acton Collection, Villa La Pietra: A Portrait of Hortense Acton by James Montgomery Flagg

January 9, 2017



Villa La Pietra: Twenty Years Since That First Visit

NEWSGRAM News in brief from the Conservation Center

Issue 32, September 2015

Alumni Career Panel

Presented at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, April 28, 2015

Conserving Kirchbach: Meanings, Materials and Techniques

Presented at the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, December 2013

Building an Effective Decision-making Model for Conservation of the Acton Collection, Villa La Pietra, New York University in Florence

Presented at the ICOM-DEMHIST conference The Artifact, Its Context and Their Narrative, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2012

Dianne Modestini Discusses the Treatment of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi with Jean Dommermuth ‘96

NEWSGRAM News in brief from the Conservation Center

Issue 12, January 2012



Retouching in Egg Tempera

American Institute for Conservation Paintings Specialty Group Catalogue, 2011



Two Portraits by Giacomo Ceruti, an Examination

Post Prints of the Paintings Specialty Group, Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, Milwaukee, May 2010



Villa La Pietra Research and Conservation 2: The Saletta della Rovine

New York University, 2009

Flights of Imagination: The Birds of the Saletta della Rovine

Presented at Italian Art at La Pietra: Transatlantic Conversations, a symposium for art historians at New York University, Villa La Pietra, New York University, Florence, March 2008


Richard Lippold’s The Sun

In Gilded Metals: History, Technology and Conservation, Terry Drayman-Weisser, ed., Archetype Publications, 2007






The Ashby Holy Family by Sebastiano del Piombo

The Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin 3, 2000

Projects and Press

Projects and Press

Fulbright Specialist Program, Tangible Heritage Conservation, University of Pretoria, South Africa

August, 2022 and August, 2023



Women of Substance: Nevelson Engages New Conservators

Nevelson Legacy Council, May 19, 2021

Lightning Strikes Twice: Another Lost Jacob Lawrence Surfaces

By Hilarie M. Sheets 

New York Times

Published March 1, 2021, Updated March 6, 2021


New Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows

American Academy in Rome

July 22, 2020


Fritz Glarner Artwork Shines Again in Skyscraper Lobby Restoration

Rockefeller Group

April 16, 2019

Lecture on Conservation of 19th Century Monumental Painting

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Submitted by Kate Stonor on 16 Dec 2013

Touching Up a Merry Old Soul

Ralph Gardner Jr. on the Restoration of a Maxfield Parrish Painting at the St. Regis

Wall Street Journal

Sept. 8, 2013



King Cole Gets a Cleaning; Pipe and Bowl Are Next

By Glenn Collins 

New York Times

Mar 27,  2007

Credit: Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times


King Cole, a Grimy Old Soul, Heads for a Cleaning

By Glenn Collins 

New York Times

Jan. 17, 2007

Jean Dommermuth has personally treated artworks for the following organizations as well as many other individual and corporate clients.

The Alccopley Estate

The American Museum of Natural History

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Art Students League of New York

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Columbia University Libraries

The Dahesh Museum of Art

The Francis Newton Souza Estate

The Greentree Foundation

The Grey Art Museum, New York University

The Joan Mitchell Foundation

The Jon Schueler Estate

The LeRoy Neiman Foundation

The Museum of Modern Art

The Newark Museum of Art

The Peabody Essex Museum

Public Art for Public Schools

The Rockefeller Group

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

The Saint Regis Hotel

Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art

The Studio Museum in Harlem

United States Military Academy, West Point

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University

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