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The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings
Bader Gallery
Co-curated by Nenagh Hathaway, Ihor Holubizky, and Brandi Lee MacDonald

Winter Season Launch: 19 January 2017

The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings investigates Old Master and modern paintings through stylistic and scientific examination to reconsider their physical history. A multidisciplinary project organized from the collections of the McMaster University Museum of Art, it draws upon the expertise of researchers in a variety of disciplines—including anthropology, conservation, and applied radiation science, among others—to document the material structure of these works and to refine the narratives of their origins. The show includes paintings by such artists as Vincent Van Gogh and Alexander Mikhailovich Rodchenko, and from the Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens.

The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings is organized and circulated by the McMaster Museum of Art. The MMA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council. The Agnes gratefully acknowledges the support of the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University, and the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage.

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