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16th century Portrait of a Man by an unknown Venetian as seen in (from left) visible light, X-radiograph, UV light, and IRR imaging
Friday 24 March 2017
9 am–1 pm

The Unvarnished Truth demonstrates the ways in which art historians, conservators, and conservation scientists advance understanding of a painting’s physical history. This series of talks by some of the show’s contributors elucidates the ways in which these avenues of inquiry support each other.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is required: call (613) 533.2190.


9–9:10 am
Introductory Remarks
Dr Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Bader Curator and Researcher of European Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre

 9:10–10:20 am
Exploring the Material History of Paintings: An Introduction to the Exhibition (in-gallery tour)
Dr Nenagh Hathaway, Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellow, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dr Brandi Lee MacDonald, Senior Research Scientist, University of Missouri Nuclear Reactor             Archaeometry Laboratory

10:20–10:50 am
Connoisseurship and the Art Market: Intuition, Science, and the Location of Value
Dr Stephanie Dickey, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, Queen’s University

10:50–11:10 am
Coffee break

11:10–11:40 am
On Technical Art History, Connoisseurship, Intuition and Science
Dr Ron Spronk, Professor of Art History, Queen’s University / Jheronimus Bosch Chair, Radboud University

 11:40 am–12:10 pm
Conservation Science and Paintings
Dr Alison Murray, Associate Professor of Art Conservation, Queen’s University

 12:10–12:40 pm
Fra Angelico’s ‘The Death and Assumption of the Virgin’: Compositional Alterations for 19th-Century Collectors
Gianfranco Pocobene, John L. and Susan K. Gardner Chief Conservator, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

12:40–1:00 pm
Panel discussion