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New Temporary Display at the V&A: Research on Paintings: Technical Art History & Connoisseurship

17 December 2012 – 22 September 2013

The Embarkation of St Helena to the Holy Land. Tintoretto

The Embarkation of St Helena to the Holy Land; Oil painting, Tintoretto Tintoretto (1519-1594) Venice Ca. 1555 (c)Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The following exhibition may be of interest to Courtauld students, especially those in the Conservation and Technology Department. The V&A is holding a temporary display looking at recent research on some of the Museum’s European paintings- in particular 11 Italian, French and Netherlandish paintings created between the early 15th and early 19th centuries- including work by Tintoretto. During a recent research programme that lasted 2 years, 200 of the museum’s paintings, were, as they say on their site, re-attributed or re-identified.

The culmination of this research is this display, which goes into detail on the methods and techniques used by researchers to examine the oil paintings, connoisseurship (i.e. close examination,) ‘documentary research and technical analysis.’ The 11 paintings featured act as case studies to provide a ‘step-by-step’ introduction to technical art history and conservation. Interestingly, the paintings will also be displayed with X-radiographs and infra-red photographs. This display is free and open to all. It is held in the Julie and Robert Breckman Prints & Drawings Gallery, Room 90. Please see http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/r/research-on-paintings-technical-art-history-and-connoisseurship/ for more information.

Other useful links

V&A Conservation Journal Online


(The most recent issue can be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/journals/conservation-journal/spring-2012-issue-60/)

Preserving intangible integrity


The conservation and technical examination of Bernadino Fungai’s Virgin and Child with Two Saints


Oil Painting: Materials and Techniques