Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c1616) was recently acquired by the National Gallery, London, with Art Fund support (made possible by the legacy of Sir Denis Mahon). Its physical condition required a comprehensive conservation treatment, with a thorough technical analysis, involving non-invasive imaging and scientific sampling, to make it ready for public display. Such analysis both informs the treatment and provides insight into the working practice of the artist. Larry Keith, head of conservation at the National Gallery, talks about the process.

This is one of a series of 4 talks which explore restoration, theft, restitution and ethics in the art world; you may also like to consider:

Talk - The Fine Art of Crime: a beginners’ guide

Talk - Who Owns Antiquities? The Parthenon Sculptures, and other Causes Celèbres

Talk- Ethics in the Art World


This event has been organised by the London Fundraising Committee Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, London, W1U 3BN

Entry details

£15

To book, please contact London Events Committee on london@artfund.org.uk

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