Conserving Canvas is a grant initiative promoted by the Getty Foundation. Its focus is on complex conservation treatments of canvas paintings which involve structural operations on the textile support. The initiative promotes the transmission of knowledge and skills at an international level through exchanges between professionals and training programmes addressed to young professionals working in the field of Cultural Heritage. Among the grant recipients there are many highly qualified institutions such as the National Gallery (London), the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Henry E. Huntington Library & Art Gallery (Southern California) or the Sweden's National Historical Museums, just to mention a few.

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In the context of this initiative the Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale” has been awarded a grant for a project concerning structural treatments on double-sided paintings with particular reference to a banner of the painter Giulio Cesare Procaccini belonging to the Pinacoteca di Brera (Milan). National and international experts will be involved to have a chance to confront and share ideas on the peculiar issues of this case study. Moreover, the Centre will host programmes for conservators who will undertake training activities in the Laboratory of Paintings on Canvas and Panel, in close contact with our staff.

We look forward to sharing updates on this project!


Support for this program is provided by the Getty Foundation through its Conserving Canvas initiative

Call for applications

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: 11 - 22 January 2021 and 09 - 19 February 2021. 

It will be an opportunity for 6 conservators (3 per each edition) to deal with complex topics concerning double-sided paintings.

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Virgin with Child, Saints and Angels

The object of the project is a religious banner painted by Giulio Cesare Procaccini between 1615 and 1620. The artwork, painted on both sides, measures h 230 x w 220 cm; originally made for a church in Milan, in 1805 it became part of the collection of the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Brera. After being exhibited in Pinacoteca di Brera from 1806 to 1850, the painting was put in the storage due to its poor condition.

This artwork, unique example of painted banner by Procaccini, has the characteristics of an oil painting on a linen canvas, with ground and paint layers on both sides.

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We would like to collect case studies on double-sided paintings which present analogies with Procaccini’s banner in order to establish contacts and confront on the themes of the project. The call is addressed to conservators, museum curators and/or art historians who have addressed similar conservation treatments or studies on banners/canvases painted on both sides. It would be very valuable and interesting to be able to confront in particular on artworks with tears or stretching issues.

The case studies collected will be presented in the digital event "Case - Studies and professional experiences on double - sided paintings" scheduled for November 18, 2020. An Expert Meeting will be held in digital form on November 23, 24 and 25. in which technical themes of the structural treatment of the canvases painted on two sides will be discussed.

Programme and registration