Discoveries and re-evaluations: painting practices under the microscope
UCL lunch hour lecture on tour at the British Museum. Libby Sheldon, UCL Art History.
Paintings are not always what they seem to be on the surface. Technical investigation, particularly of pigments, has revealed not only surprising differences between the present and the original appearance of works, but also the use of unexpected ingredients for certain effects.
Recognising the changes to colouring as well as identifying materials can lead to re-evaluation of both the meaning and sometimes the date and attribution of images.
This talk with Libby Sheldon, UCL Art History, uncovers the practices of artists as different as Hilliard and Reynolds, highlighting those of Elizabethan portraitists in the lifetime of Shakespeare. It also asks what this new information means.
UCL lunch hour lectures will be available to watch live online at ucl.ac.uk/lhl/streamed
Blog post from previous UCL lunch hour lecture: At Home with the Neanderthals
This event took place on 28 June 2012.
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