Date(s) - 07/10/2016
The Wallace Collection
The nineteenth century was a remarkable period for art and painting practice, and conservators of paintings produced at that time are often presented with particular challenges. Great social and political change throughout Europe caused artists to depict new subject matter and overturn traditional rules and conventions. Art movements as diverse as Neoclassicism and Impressionism developed throughout the century and painting as a practice was itself challenged and informed by the dawn of photography. Advancements in material technology led to the widening accessibility and commercial production of painting materials. The resulting choices and innovations in materials and techniques, and wide range of artists’ intention, all have an impact on the deterioration, presentation and conservation of nineteenth-century paintings. The conference will provide an opportunity to share and discuss these considerations in the context of current research and experience.
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