Research on Paintings: Art History and Connoisseurship

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  • What:
    Displays
  • When:
  • Where:
    Julie and Robert Breckman Prints and Drawings Gallery, Room 90

DISPLAY: The display presents the most notable discoveries of recent research on the V&A's collection of European paintings and will concentrate on 11 Italian, Netherlandish and French works painted between the early 15th and the early 19th centuries.

During a recent research programme over two years, 200 of the Museum's paintings were re-attributed or re-identified.

The display provides a rich account of the principles and methods applied by researchers to establish the nature and origins of oil paintings: close examination (connoisseurship), documentary research and technical analysis. The 11 case studies will provide a step-by-step introduction to a subject which is often considered the preserve of art historians, conservators and other specialists.

The paintings will be displayed together with reproductions of X-radiographs, infra-red photographs and illustrations of comparative materials.

Until 22 September 2013, 10.00-17.30

Displays complement our permanent collections, there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

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