As part of its series of articles titled "The Creators Project," Noémie Jennifer of Vice went on an extensive tour behind-the-scenes at the Brooklyn Museum to see the painstaking work that goes into their conservation efforts. For a huge portrait of George Washington by Charles Willson Peale, commissioned by John Hancock in 1776, the museum's employees are carefully removing layers of varnish from the painting, which changed the color of the sky in the image from its original green. In another area, technicians are working on a European Union initiative to preserve fragments of papyri from an island in the Nile that had been scattered across institutions in Germany and France.

Read Noémie Jennifer's full story at Vice here.

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