The Triumphant Return

Above: A detail from “Apollo and Venus.” On the right is her son, Cupid. You can see the painting in person, restored, starting next week.

That most famous couple at Hoyt Sherman Place, Apollo and Venus, go on public display at last, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. A presentation will follow at 6 p.m., then a free public reception from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

This event marks the completion of an eight-year restoration program for artwork acquired by the Des Moines Women’s Club over the past 125 years. To date, 53 paintings from the collection have been revived by Chicago painting conservator Barry Bauman, including works by Thomas Moran, George Inness and Edwin Lord Weeks.

As for “Apollo and Venus,” the 400-year-old work attributed to Flemish artist Otto Van Veen, the painting had been lost in the shadows of a storeroom until discovered in February 2016 by Executive Director Robert Warren, during a search for some Civil War flags. You first read about it in this dsm magazine story.

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