Gallery installation view featuring six paintings in thick gilded gold frames. Each painting is accompanied by an iPad. The center painting is nearly life-size and bracketed on either side by the words Created and Collected.

Bryan Conley / CMOA

Exhibition: Created, Collected, Conserved

As the companion exhibition to the Northbrook Project, Created, Collected, Conserved: The Life Stories of Paintings focuses on seven paintings from the CMOA collection that share a common history: all were at one time part of the Northbrook Collection in Britain.

For the first time in nearly a century, the seven paintings are united and on display in one of the museum’s galleries. They are accompanied by two types of digital interactives that illustrate the value of provenance data visualization to enhance a museum visitor’s experience.

Digital Wall Labels

CMOA’s seven Northbrook paintings were paired with a digital wall label exploring each painting’s history. An animated timeline displays the succession of known owners since the painting’s creation and total miles the artwork has traveled as a result of changes in documented ownership. The digital wall label also contains three stories spanning the life of the painting.

Select a painting for more details and to see the animated timeline.

Interactive Map

An interactive map explores moments in the history of the Baring family and the Northbrook Collection. The data visualization animates the changes in ownership of more than 350 paintings over time and across the globe. The map uses Art Tracks, a new set of digital provenance tools developed by CMOA. Visitors can see the paths of each artwork from their creation to current locations, often traveling thousands of miles between owners. CMOA’s paintings, for example, arrived from five different donors, and over the course of 70 years.

An interactive version of this data visualization was originally presented as part of the Created, Collected, and Conserved exhibition.

The exhibition also highlights recent and ongoing conservation work through several additional paintings, and the conditions and histories leading to the care that they are receiving at CMOA.