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Biography: Astrid van Giffen

Astrid van Giffen
Astrid van Giffen
Associate Conservator

Astrid van Giffen became the Assistant Conservator in 2009. In 2007, she completed the conservation training program of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with a specialization in glass and ceramics. Her training included internships at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, and The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Since completing the ICN program, she’s worked as a private conservator in Oregon and was the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Objects Conservation at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies of the Harvard Art Museum (2008-2009). She also holds a BA (2001) in Classical Studies from Willamette University.


Blog Posts by this Author

Conservation occurs mostly behind the scenes, but the effects of conservation can be seen throughout our galleries. Here are 10 conservation-related stories you can see in the museum right now. Nilotic bowl (2012.1.1) Broken objects can often reveal details about how they were made that could not... more
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