Jonathan Sherman, Conservation Advisor

Sequential stages in Sherman’s restoration of an 18th century oil on canvas

Jonathan Sherman’s understanding of art has been informed by his experiences as an exhibiting artist, his knowledge of art history, and his work as a conservator which has allowed him to understand the mechanics and materials of making art.

Jonathan’s expertise includes all aspects of painting conservation from medieval to contemporary. He earned his MA from Queens College in Art History, specializing in art of the Renaissance and his MFA in Art Conservation from Dominican University in Florence, Italy, where he trained at the Villa Schifanoia. He has taught art history and art conservation theory at Adelphi University and Long Island University.

Jonathan is well known for one of his specialties — the conservation of murals. He has restored murals for many important interiors, including six Broadway theatres. The New York Landmark Conservancy awarded him the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for his conservation of the important Everett Shinn Murals in the Belasco Theatre. The main scope of the project was uncovering Shinn murals which had been completely painted over. He currently consults and conserves works of art for many institutions, private galleries, auction houses and collectors.