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Wet Paint: Interactions between water and paintings

From: Friday 12.10.18
at 9:00am
To: Friday 12.10.18
at 7:00pm

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street




A one-day conference is to be held at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, on Friday 12th October 2018.

Event description: 

There are many ways in which water and humidity can physically alter paintings, sometimes with disastrous effect; such as staining canvases, flaking and blanching paint, warping of wooden panels and cockling canvas supports. However, water is also a useful material for conservators that can be employed in the treatment of painted surfaces, such as: in the form of aqueous cleaning solutions, for moisture treatments to reduce deformations, and as a carrier for adhesives.

This conference will look at the ways in which water and paintings can interact, and their implications for the conservator.

  • Keynote talk from Andrea Santacesaria on the the conservation experience and legacy of the 1966 Florence flood at the OPD.
  • Cecil Krarup Andersen, Cecilia Gregers-Høegh, Martin N. Mortensen, Christine Slottved Kimbriel and Karen-Marie Henriksen, Wax-resin linings and Relative Humidity.
  • Annie Cornwell, The Application of Water-based Cleaning Systems in the Treatment of George Stubbs’ Wax Paintings.
  • Rebecca Hellen, Rachel Scott, Bronwyn Ormsby, “It is a formal problem to represent water, to describe water, because it can be anything…” Watery Subjects, Materials and Conservation Solutions for paintings by David Hockney.
  • Clare Meredith, “25 years after the Perth Museum & Art Gallery flood: reflections”.
  • Eric Miller, Lynne Harrison (ACR) and Helen Howard, The conservation of two water sensitive 14th century Italian fresco fragments by Aretino Spinello, previously treated and displayed as easel paintings in the 19th century.
  • Lena Porsmo Stoveland, Bronwyn Ormsby, Francesco Caruso, Addressing issues related to the cleaning of water-sensitive oil paintings by Edvard Munch.
  • Vladimir Vilde, Dr. David Thickett, Dr. Dave Hollis and Dr. Emma Richardson, Methodology for monitoring the impact of moisture on lined canvas paintings in historic houses.

Lunch and a drinks reception are included in the price of the conference ticket