Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art Conservation

Reader 1

George Gorse

Reader 2

Michelle Berenfeld

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This thesis examines the motives behind museum loan and exchange policies and how loans can act as a new avenue for protecting and preserving paintings. When borrowed artworks are transported from one museum to another, there are many variables that come into play and careful planning is necessary for the safety of the object. Specific case studies of several well-known and respected museums that engage in and encourage loans will explore the complex nature of lending policies, their effect on the condition of artworks and their significance and impact on the museum world. This thesis culminates in an analysis of the loan fitness and possibility for transport of Joachim Beich’s Untitled, a painting in the Scripps College collection.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.