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Rubens Ceiling at the Banqueting House

Historic Royal Palaces

From: Monday 10.06.19
at 9:00am
To: Monday 10.06.19
at 7:00pm

The Banqueting House

61 Whitehall


London SW1 A 2 ET

United Kingdom


Full £100

Concession £75 - Concessionary rates apply to retired, unemployed, or low-income attendees

Student £50 - must provide identification on the day

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A one-day symposium to discuss the magnificent paintings and coffering of the 17th-century ceiling at the Banqueting House, Whitehall


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This symposium will be of interest to art and architectural historians, conservators and heritage scientists. It will showcase the results of recent technical investigations to understand and develop methods to preserve and present the ceiling’s painting and decorative scheme.

The ceiling is composed of painted and gilded wooden coffering, designed by Inigo Jones, which surrounds nine extremely large oil paintings on canvas by Sir Peter Paul Rubens. The ceiling has been altered by intermittent campaigns of treatment, cleaning and repainting over its history. These aged restorations now impact on the appearance of the ceiling.

The programme will be in three parts focusing on the decorative painted scheme, the paintings and future plans for the Banqueting House. Specialists Simon Thurley, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Gregory Martin, Nico Van Hout, Jane Davies, Hannah Tempest and Richard Ireland will join Historic Royal Palaces' conservators, curators, scientists, surveyors and creative programming/public engagement managers.