Structural treatments on double-sided paintings: the complex restoration of a banner by Giulio Cesare Procaccini

With the support of the Getty Foundation through its Conserving Canvas initiative, the Centre is pleased to announce a practical workshop addressed to conservators specialized in paintings on canvas. 

The workshop will be held in two different editions:

  • 9-20 November 2020
  • 18-29 January 2021

It will be an opportunity for 6 conservators (3 per each edition) to deal with complex topics concerning double-sided paintings. Open to mid-career conservators working in museums or other institutions active in the field of Conservation of Cultural Heritage, it will take place in the Conservation Laboratories of the Centre (Venaria Reale, Turin, Italy).

The practical-technical activity will focus particularly on a banner depicting the Virgin and Child with Saints by Giulio Cesare Procaccini from Pinacoteca di Brera (Milan). It is a complex case of canvas painted on both sides which can offer interesting insights on the following topics:

  • Tear mending
  • Stretching and exhibition systems

For more info on the Getty initiative please click here

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PROGRAMME

The visiting conservators will have the chance to work alongside the conservators of the Centre during different moments of the treatment on Procaccini’s banner.

Each edition will cover the following training modules:

  • a presentation of the artwork by Procaccini and its conservative issues
  • a presentation of the two main topics of concern: readhesion of fragments through tear mending and stretching of double-sided paintings.

The training activities will include tests on mock-ups aimed at the evaluation of methods and techniques developed by the CCR, and practical sessions on the artwork. The visiting conservators will have a full experience of the work also through presentations and lessons (PPT, videos, etc.).

Visiting conservators will also be introduced to other significant cases of canvas paintings, present within the Laboratory, in order to be provided with a full training experience. Specific training sessions will be held by experts in the field.

The Laboratory of Paintings on Canvas and Panel is located in a wide and well-equipped space in which conservators, professors and students work in synergy.  In addition to Conservation Laboratories the Centre has Scientific Laboratories for diagnostics applied to Cultural Heritage, a specialized library and an archive. The visiting conservators will get in touch with the conservators of the Laboratory of Painting on Canvas and Panel, but also with other professional figures of the Centre, including art historians, conservation scientists and University professors.

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PARTICIPANTS PROFILE

Candidates must be qualified Conservators of Cultural Heritage, preferably possessing a Degree in Conservation (or an equivalent title). Attested practical skills in the field of conservation of canvas paintings – and in particular structural treatments – are requested (at least 5 years of professional experience).  Candidates working in museums or on museum collections will be given preference.

The workshops will be in English, but a basic level of Italian is preferable.

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APPLICATION

In order to apply, candidates must fill out the form available at the following link

The application form must be submitted together with a cover letter (500 words maximum) describing the reasons of interest in the workshop, a detailed Curriculum Vitae and a description of a significant conservation treatment on a painting on canvas, with photos included.

Deadline for applications: July 30th, 2020.

After an initial review, applicants could be contacted for a Skype interview. A short list of candidates will then be submitted to the Getty Foundation for approval.

Costs of the workshops including transport, accommodation, meals and training will be covered thanks to the support of the Getty Foundation.

For further information: conservingcanvas@centrorestaurovenaria.it