Biography: Astrid van Giffen

Astrid van Giffen

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Thousands of glass objects are moved around the Museum by the collections department for exhibition changes, photography, loans, and research every year. Despite their training and experience, sometimes even our expert staff are nervous about moving certain objects. These are our top 10 objects... more
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