Date(s) - 27/03/2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Art Workers Guild
We look forward to welcoming you at the Art Workers’ Guild for an evening talk by Olympia Diamond and Xanthe Brooke who will present:
Untangling Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory: The Examination and Conservation of Murillo at The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Olympia recently undertook a 10-month project funded by the Art Fund in the paintings conservation studio of National Museums Liverpool, to treat the Walker Art Gallery’s altarpiece of The Virgin and Child in Glory (1673) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. The talk will explain the dramatic history of the painting, including the cutting and removal of the central section of the Madonna and Child in the 18th century and its eventual reunion in the 19th century. The decisions taken regarding its treatment, as well as discoveries about Murillo’s layering of pigments will also be discussed.
The talk coincides with the National Gallery’s (free) exhibition “Murillo: the Self Portraits” which runs from 28 February to 21 May. Click here for more information.
Olympia Diamond is Freelance Paintings Conservator in London currently working at Julia Nagle Conservation. Previously, she was Assistant Paintings Conservator at the National Museums Liverpool, UK where she undertook a project for the full conservation treatment and technical investigation of the Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682) altarpiece, Virgin and Child in Glory, c. 1673 and its related oil sketch. She graduated with an Honours B.A. in Art History from Earlham College, Richmond, IN, USA in 2006. After graduation she completed a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Art Conservation at Studio Art Centres International, Florence, Italy. She then moved to the UK to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings at The Courtauld Institute of Art, graduating 2014. Since graduation she has worked for the Guildhall Art Gallery and for English Heritage.
Xanthe Brooke is the Curator of Continental European Fine Art for National Museums Liverpool and is based at the Walker Art Gallery. In 1990 she curated a small exhibition entitled Murillo in Focus centered on the Walker’s altarpiece of the Virgin and Child in Glory and in 2001 she co-curated with Dr Peter Cherry Murillo: Scenes of Childhood at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Since then she has also written articles, exhibition and catalogue reviews and biographical entries on a range of seventeenth-century Spanish artists including Murillo, Velázquez and Ribera and on the reception of Spanish art in Britain, in particular by the collector Frank Hall Standish (1799-1840).
Entry is free of charge to members of the BAPCR and £10 for non-members. Wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase before and after the talk.