Painting Pairs: collaborative research in Conservation and Art History

Painting Pairs presents collaborative research undertaken by graduates in conservation and art history focussing on paintings currently in the conservation studios at the Courtauld The paintings  that form the focus for investigation by each a pair of graduates are from different periods and pose a range of questions related to their history, conservation and display.  

At this second and final Zoom webinar presentation of the painting pairs program on May 19th 2021 the pairs will present the findings of their collaborative research. This program provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between conservators and art historians in object-based art historical research.

2020-21 Participants 

Charlie Spragg (MA Architecture of Empire) with Melissa Barton (Conservation)
Portrait of Sir Ralph Bosville

Samantha Siegler (MA Documentary Reborn) with Sarah Besson (Conservation)
Portrait of Sir Henry Strachey and his daughter Charlotte by Daniel Gardner

Katherine George (MA Curating) with Alice Sherwood (Conservation)
Portrait of a Lady with children (unknown artist)

Malina Mihalache (MA Russian Art) with Alice Copley (Conversation)
Rite of Spring by Ethel Walker

Christopher Lillywhite (MA Continuity and Innovation) with Megan Levet (Conservation)
Noli me tangere by Ambrose McEvoy

Organised by Professor Aviva Burnstock (The Courtauld), Dr Pia Gottschaller (The Courtauld) and Dr Karen Serres (The Courtauld) 

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19 May 2021

2pm - 4pm BST

Free, booking essential

Booking closes 30 minutes before the event start time.
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Painting of a regal man standing in Tudor dress
Portrait of Sir Ralph Bosville, 1600-1629, in the collection at Knole © National Trust