Student Workshop

Ellen Purdy (PhD Candidate, Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry)
Helen Bremm (PhD Candidate, Department of History of Art)

Sandra Zetina Ocaña, Associate Researcher in Material Studies and Modern Art, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, and Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias para la Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural (LANCIC), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

This afternoon workshop invites students from the departments of art history, chemistry, and physics, as well as other interested students, from both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to gain insights into the field of technical art history and intersection of art and science. In the workshop, you will learn about the different methods of analysis applied in technical art history and conservation research, such as multispectral imaging techniques (VIS, UV, IR, and X-ray) and chemical methods of analysis, as applied to paintings by Carrington. You will get first-hand practical experience at reading multispectral images and basic spectra for information on an artist’s technique and materials, as well as meet other students and colleagues interested in the field.

The Cambridge-based technical campaign ‘Leonora Carrington’s Tempera Paintings, 1945–47’ was funded by a Conservation Research Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.