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Art Conservator Elise Grenier (2020)

Art Rocks!



Genre: Art

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-01-31

Duration: 00:25:31

Subjects: Art conservation and restoration | Arts


  • Fox-Smith, James Host
  • Kendrick, Dorothy Producer
  • Grenier, Elise Interviewee


This episode of the series “Art Rocks!” from January 31, 2020, features James Fox-Smith’s interview with Baton Rouge native Elise Grenier, an art conservator who works in Italy and Louisiana. She discusses: the work of an art conservator; her projects in Italy, including the Cathedral of Florence; the ethical considerations; her role in prolonging the life of the artwork; the importance of background research; her process for working with pieces that are several hundred years old; the most important qualities for an art conservator; what she learns about the artwork by observing it up close; her projects in Louisiana, including the frescoes of Conrad Albrizio; the difference between conservation and restoration; and her hope to restore the frescoes at St. Alphonsus Church in New Orleans.