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13:15 - 13:55 28 June 2012

Lunch Hour Lectures on tour at the British Museum: Discoveries and re-evaluations: painting practices under the microscope


BP Lecture Theatre | British Museum (link Map)
Great Russell Street | London | WC1B 3DG |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free (booking advised). Lectures are also streamed live online or can be downloaded after the event.
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

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 – a violet colour transformed to pale orange, for example - 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 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.


Catherine Dean
020 3108 3838 | c.dean@ucl.ac.uk


Click here to book a place for this lecture via the British Museum website
Click here to watch this lecture streamed live on line at 1.15pm on 28 June 2012