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Revealing Murillo…treatment underway

10 May 2017 by Olympia Diamond

During treatment photograph. Varnish has been removed from the left sided of her face.

During treatment photograph. Varnish has been removed from the left side of her face.

The practical treatment of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory (1673) has been progressing at a steady pace. My initial examinations, discussed in my last blog, involved investigating the layer of varnish on the surface of the painting…

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It begins! The conservation of Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory

16 March 2017 by Olympia Diamond

Detail image before treatment of Virgin and Child in Glory, c. 1673

Upon viewing Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory at the Walker, I admit, I was a bit overwhelmed by the subject staring down at me. However, after it arrived in our paintings conservation studio and was removed from its brightly gilded frame, the painting was subdued yet quietly powerful.  And in need of some care and attention…
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Victorian Treasures – A conservation perspective

10 March 2017 by David Crombie

Installing Perseus and Andromeda

My colleague Alex Patterson has described in a previous blog how this fantastic display of works from National Museums Liverpool’s collections formed part of a touring exhibition that went to four venues in Japan over 2015 and 2016. This sort of large touring show involves a huge amount of organisation by many different people, and is by far the largest exhibition loan of its kind that I have been involved with during my time at National Museums Liverpool. It is also a big undertaking from a conservation point of view, as there is so much to think about in terms of protecting so many key works.

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Before and after: Princess Emilia of Saxony’s makeover

27 February 2017 by Felicity

Hans Krell’s Princess Emilia of Saxony, following conservation work

Princess Emilia of Saxony has recently enjoyed a makeover, courtesy of our conservation team! The painting by the German artist Hans Krell has been restored and cleaned by paintings conservator Rebecca Kench. In this post, Rebecca talks us through some key moments from the conservation process, as illustrated by the images in the slideshow: Read more…

More Pride online!

23 February 2017 by Kay

Statuette of standing Hermaphrodite

Pride and Prejudice is our groundbreaking project to put online the social history collections held at the Museum of Liverpool, and the fine and decorative art collections at Sudley House, Walker and Lady Lever art galleries, that have an LGBT connection. We’re excited to launch the final themes today, coinciding with LGBT History Month and the OUTing the past event at the Museum of Liverpool this weekend.
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The mysterious Master of Frankfurt

22 December 2016 by Scott Smith

virgin-and-child

‘The Holy Family with Music Making Angels’ by the Master of Frankfurt

‘The Holy Family with Music Making Angels’ by the mysterious ‘Master of Frankfurt’ is one of the many glorious 16th century paintings in the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. Whilst undertaking restoration of the painting, our conservator David Crombie discovered that the anonymous painter may have left more of himself in the painting than he realised…

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Christopher Wood uncovered

28 November 2016 by Olympia Diamond

Still Life with Tureen and Fruit by Christopher Wood

Still Life with Tureen and Fruit by Christopher Wood after treatment and conservation works

In 2016 the opportunity to investigate and conserve the painting, Still Life with Tureen and Fruit, 1925 by British Artist Christopher Wood (1901-1930) arose when the painting was requested for loan to an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.  Wood, born in Knowsley, Merseyside, was an early pioneer of British modern art and the exhibition, titled Christopher Wood: Sophisticated Primitive 2 July – 2 October 2016, was the first retrospective of Wood’s career since 1979. It was an exciting chance to breathe new life in his work.

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Revealing the dramatic history behind Murillo’s iconic altarpiece

22 November 2016 by Felicity

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s painted altarpiece, Virgin and Child in Glory (1673), has left the Walker Art Gallery for the first time since it was acquired in 1953.

The iconic work has travelled to our conservation studio where it will undergo major technical investigation work, funded by the Art Fund. This will be the first detailed conservation treatment to be carried out on the altarpiece since the early 1860s. Read more…

JM2016 artist Ben Cove, as remembered by his sister

11 November 2016 by Scott Smith

Freeloader by Ben Cove

Freeloader by Ben Cove

Ben Cove was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with his painting, ‘Freeloader’.

Tragically, Ben passed away unexpectedly after a short illness during the JM2016 selection process.

His sister, Melanie Cove will be speaking about her brother’s work at our special Talk Tuesday event on 15 November. We caught up with Melanie ahead of her talk to find out about her brother’s attraction to painting and his influences….

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Winner of the John Moores Painting Prize Visitors’ Choice announced.

3 November 2016 by Laura

Man and painting

Donal Moloney – winner of the John Moores Visitors’ Choice 2016

Congratulations to Donal Moloney, winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 Visitors’ Choice!

His intricate kaleidoscopic painting, ‘Cave Floor’, has won the £2,016 prize, sponsored by Rathbones.

Rathbones have sponsored Visitors’ Choice since 2008. The award is a chance for visitors to have their say and select a painting which they feel stands out from the competition.

Over the years visitors have chosen some very different paintings but interestingly, not once have they agreed with the judges’ first choice, although occasionally other prizewinners have been selected. Read more…



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