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Anthony Sigel

Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies
Senior Conservator of Objects and Sculpture
Cambridge, MA
Tony Sigel is the Senior Conservator of Objects and Sculpture at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums, and is responsible for the treatment of sculpture and three dimensional objects of all materials from pre-history to post-modern. He was trained through an unofficial museum apprenticeship at the Art Institute of Chicago, and during an Advanced-Level Internship at the (now) Straus Center. He gained many of his ancient ceramics treatment chops under the tutelage of Stephen Koob during four fortunate summers at Sardis, Turkey His early training in clay sculpture while a student at the Art Institute of Chicago led him into the technical study of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s works in terracotta. In 2004-5 he spent a year as a fellow at the American Academy in Rome studying these works in situ, His publication range includes the study of Baroque terracotta sculpture, and the treatment of Islamic and other ancient ceramics. Most recently he co-authored the catalog for, and co-curated the 2012-13 exhibition "Bernini; Sculpting in Clay" at the Metropolitan and Kimbell museums. In September 2016, he was appointed Robert Lehman visiting professor at Villa I Tatti, Florence, studying the techniques of Renaissance sculptural models. He is currently Group Chair of the Objects Specialty Group, American Institute for Conservation.