Denver Art Museum

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The Denver Art Museum now estimates the damage done by a vandal last month at less than $100,000, down from the nearly $2 million it initially reported to police.

Museum spokeswoman Jena Pruett told The Denver Post Tuesday that nearly all the Chinese and Mayan artifacts that were damaged can be repaired. One exception is a 19th century vase from China.

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As Kate Moomaw walks amongst the rows of paintings and sculptures in the Denver Art Museum’s collection storage room, you can see that great care has been taken to preserve the works.

According to Kate Moomaw, DAM’s conservationist, there are a lot of tools of the trade: acid-free tissue paper, climate-controlled rooms, eBay.

“Yes, eBay,” Moomaw said.

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Hiring an architect to renovate a building is nothing new. But what happens when the building itself is a work of art?

That’s the challenge for Boston-based Machado Silvetti Architects and Denver’s Fentress Architects. The firms are taking on the renovation of the Denver Art Museum’s iconic North Building.

“It’s uniquely stressful,” joked Jeffry Burchard, an architect with Machado, which specializes in museums. “It’s kind of in our wheelhouse, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less hard of a thing to take on.”

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Blind since birth, there’s nothing worse for 8-year-old Chloe Poston than being at a museum where all the signs say ‘Do Not Touch.’

A curious child, Poston asks lots of questions and wants to be a doctor someday. The best way for her to learn is hands on -- an opportunity the Denver Art Museum recently gave her. The Lakewood third-grader got to walk right past those ‘Do not touch’ signs and actually handle some of the art. Well, sort of.

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Artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was not a nice guy. He threatened to push his own sister off of a roof. He beat up a man over an apartment. There were even murder accusations.

"He was horrible," concurred Denver Art Museum curator Timothy Standring. "We're dealing with the Sopranos of the 17th century."

Yet, his artwork – which includes a mix of paintings, drawings and prints – is sublime, Standring said, which is why he's been researching Castiglione for the past 44 years.