Meet the Staff
Shawn Digney-Peer received a BS in French language and studio art from Georgetown University (Washington, DC). He obtained a postgraduate diploma in the conservation of easel paintings at the Courtauld Institute (London, UK) and then undertook an internship and Samuel H. Kress Fellowship at the Hamilton Kerr Institute (University of Cambridge, UK), where he treated old master pictures. In 2005, Shawn moved to New York for an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum and was hired the following year to care for nineteenth-century, modern, and contemporary works.
Isabelle Duvernois joined the staff of the Department of Paintings Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum in 2005. Since then, she has specialized in the conservation of the Modern and Contemporary collection. Her most recent work includes collaborative research on objects in such exhibitions as Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection (2014), Matisse: In Search of True Painting (2012), Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keefe (2011), and Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2010). She is a graduate of New York University's Conservation Center and Institute of Fine Arts.
In addition to his managerial role, Michael Gallagher specializes in the conservation of old master paintings and has published and lectured on many that he has conserved, including works by Bassano, Cranach, Giaquinto, Le Brun, Perino del Vaga, Reynolds, and Velázquez. He undertook postgraduate training at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, England. Following a fellowship at the J. Paul Getty Museum, he worked for the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin; and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Charlotte Hale joined the Department of Paintings Conservation at The Met in 1987. She works on paintings spanning the collection, with a special focus on the nineteenth century; among recent conservation treatments are pictures by Delacroix, Degas, Renoir and Seurat. Her publications include technical studies of works by Lorenzo Monaco, Giovanni Bellini, Velázquez, Ingres, Gauguin, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Seurat. She has worked closely with curatorial colleagues on three recent shows at The Met: Madame Cézanne (2014), Van Gogh: Irises and Roses (2015), and Seurat's Circus Sideshow (2017). Charlotte received her training in the conservation of paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and returned as Research Forum visiting conservator in 2008.
José Luis Lazarte Luna
José Lazarte joined the Department of Paintings Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum in 2016 to complete a Mellon Fellowship followed by a Research Scholar position, and became a member of the staff in 2019. He works primarily with European paintings of the 16th to the 18th centuries and American paintings, including works from colonial Latin America. José received a BA in Art Conservation (with a minor in studio arts) from the University of Delaware and an MA in Science from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Graduate Program in Art Conservation in 2016. During his studies, he undertook internships at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Prado Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Dorothy Mahon received her MA in the history of art and a certificate of advanced study in conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She was appointed to the staff in 1981 and has conserved paintings spanning the collection, with emphasis on the technical examination and treatment of European paintings of the 15th to 19th centuries and American paintings, including works by Veronese, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Goya, Delacroix, Homer, and Sargent. She has participated in the supervision and training of many graduate interns and fellows, and is a member of the editorial board of the Metropolitan Museum Journal.
Alan Miller specializes in the structural conservation of panel paintings. He received an MA in art history from the University of Washington and a postgraduate diploma in the conservation of easel paintings from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Alan has been active in the Getty Panel Paintings Initiative, participating in the structural treatment of Durer's Adam and Eve panels at the Prado and structural treatment of Vasari's Last Supper panels, which were damaged in the 1966 Florence flood. His research interests include development of new spring mechanisms for use on secondary supports of previously thinned panels. See his LinkedIn profile.
Cynthia Moyer graduated from William Smith College in 1975 with a BA in anthropology and sociology. Starting in 1974, she served informal apprenticeships in the furniture conservation field in Philadelphia and New York before establishing a private practice in 1977, specializing in gilded wood and finishes. She continued to train and joined the AIC in 1983. She has worked on contract for the Richard H. Jenrette Foundation, now CAHPT, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the MFA Boston. After a Metropolitan Museum contract in 2006–7 in objects conservation, she joined the Department of Paintings Conservation in 2009.
Jeanette O'Keefe has worked at the Metropolitan Museum since 2003, and has held positions in the Director's and President's Offices. She joined the Sherman Fairchild Center for Paintings Conservation in 2020. She received her BA in art history and studio art from Binghamton University, an MLIS from Pratt Institute, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care from The George Washington University.
Evan Read works in tandem with the department's conservators on a wide range of treatment and research projects. He handles all aspects of the creation and management of photography, x-radiography, infrared reflectography, and infrared and ultraviolet photography. He earned a BS in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA from Hunter College in painting. Evan has an art practice centered on digital printing; examples of his work can be seen at www.evanread.net.
Sophie Scully joined the department in 2012 as a post-graduate intern, going on to be an Annette de la Renta fellow and Research Scholar before joining the staff in 2017. She works primarily on Old Master paintings with a focus on early Northern paintings; as part of this work she contributes technical text to the online catalogue of the Early Netherlandish collection. She received her BA in art from Williams College, and an MA in art history and an advanced certificate in conservation from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts in 2013.