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An oil painting depicting Old Mission Santa Barbara by Edwin Deakin from the 1890s.

Fr. Virgil Cordano Conservation Fund


You can honor Fr. Virgil Cordano, former guardian of OMSB, by partnering with SBMAL to help conserve our unique collections with your gift. Donations help fund projects to clean and repair art, rare books, documents, and artifacts in our collections. 


Recent projects include the restoration of Edwin Deakin's 21 late 19th-century paintings of the Alta California Missions, the restoration of a 1488 edition of Thomas à Kempis's The Imitation of Christ, and the items pictured below.
























Contributions can be sent to Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 

An oil painting depicting Mary holding Jesus with the left half of the image appearing soiled and the right half appearing cleaned.

Our Lady of Refuge, 1841

The left side of Our Lady of Refuge shows the painting pre-restoration while the right side shows post-restoration completed in 2015. Conservation funded in part by a generous grant from California Missions Foundation (CMF).

An oil painting from the 1850s of Rubio with the left half appearing soiled and the right half appearing clean.

Padre Jose Maria de Jesus Gonzales Rubio, 1850

This image was taking mid-restoration. The left side shows the painting pre-restoration, while the right side shows the painting after restoration was completed in 2016. This process revealed the artist's signature. Conservation funded in part by CMF.

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