Preaching to the conserved

5 March 2008 by Sam

composite image of a Renaissance painting, the left side (before conservation) looking dirtier and more yellowed while the right side (after treatment) has fresh vibrant colours

‘St Bernardino Preaching’ shown before conservation on the left and after on the right

Admit it – in your rush to get to see the portraits of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I at the far end of the Walker you’ve probably dashed past most of the other Medieval and Renaissance paintings without giving them a second glance. Which is a shame because there are some real gems on display.

Take ‘St Bernardino Preaching’ by Francesco di Giorgio for example, which is the Walker’s picture of the month in March. It’s being highlighted following recent conservation treatment, which has brought all of the vibrant colours and incredible detail in this busy scene back to vivid life. Have a look at our online feature about the conservation of ‘St Bernardino Preaching’ to see images of the painting before, during and after treatment, plus some fascinating insights into the techniques used by the artist.

There are also some gallery talks about the painting this month. Curator of continental European art Xanthe Brooke will be giving the first talk today at 1pm. Then Nicola Christie, the head of paintings conservation, will be talking about the conservation of the painting on Thursday 13 March, also at 1pm. See the Walker Art Gallery’s What’s On page for further details.

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