Date(s) - 30/11/2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BAPCR Christmas party and evening talk
Friday 30th November 2018
at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queens’ Square, London, WC1N 3AT
Doors 6pm / Talk 6.30pm, followed by drinks and buffet
We look forward to welcoming you at the Art Workers’ Guild for our Christmas party and evening talk by Britta New, who will present:
Giovanni Martini da Udine’s Virgin and Child with Saints George and James the Greater: the case study of a complex structural treatment at the National Gallery
Giovanni Martini da Udine’s Virgin and Child with Saints George and James the Greater, c. 1503, is a lesser known painting in the collection of the National Gallery. Its precarious structural condition led it to be overlooked in recent years, but this very necessary repair of the support and subsequent recent restoration treatment have given impetus to a full investigation into this enigmatic work from Northern Italy. This paper presents a case study of an involved structural treatment using methods illustrating a departure from the traditions of the National Gallery. Technical analysis along with visible evidence provide information about the materials and technique of the artist which are compared to those works by the artist remaining in Udine, which in turn have provided support for the restoration of the altarpiece which is also described.
Britta New trained in Newcastle coming from a Fine Arts background. She went on to the Hamilton Kerr Institute in Cambridge where she worked very closely with Ray Marchant on several structural projects including a 16th century Flemish triptych, the work on which is published in the proceedings of the Getty Symposium on structural panel work of 2009. Prior to taking up her current position of conservator at the National Gallery, Britta also worked at Ebury St Studio and The Royal Collection. In recent years, Britta was involved in the Getty Foundation’s Panel Painting Initiative and now works on all aspects of Old Master painting conservation and restoration, whilst specialising in the structural repair of panel paintings.