skip to content

Henry Lie

Harvard University Art Museum
Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 384-7415

Director of Conservation

In the early 1990s, Henry Lie developed simple methods now widely used by conservators to mosaic infrared and x-radiographic images of artworks and to create layered composites of technical images. As an objects conservator, he has concentrated on the study of ancient bronzes. His most significant work in this area is a collaboration with archaeologist Carol Mattusch, The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. With other Straus staff, Mr. Lie provides training for conservators and conservation science fellows and teaches courses in artists' materials and techniques in the History of Art and Architecture Department at Harvard.

Selected Publications

Carol C. Mattusch with Henry Lie. 2005 The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

2003 Digital Imaging for the Study of Paintings: Experiences at the Straus Center for Conservation. In Recent Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Painting: Methodology, Limitations & Perspectives, Molly Faries and Ron Spronk (Eds.), pp. 117-134. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Art Museums, in collaboration with Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium.

2003 Technical Features in Rosso's Work. In Medardo Rosso, Second Impressions, Harry Cooper and Sharon Hecker (Eds.) with contributions by Henry Lie and Derek Pullen, pp. 69-93. New Haven:Yale University Press and Cambridge: Harvard University Art Museums.

Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Editors. 1999 Sketches in Clay for Projects by Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Theoretical, Technical and Case Studies. Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin 6(3).