Imaging Techniques and the Technical Study of Drawings

While examination by x-ray, infrared, and ultraviolet light has long been a standard practice in the study of paintings, these methods not traditionally been used to the same extent in the study of drawings. Organized by the Morgan Drawing Institute and the Thaw Conservation Center at the Morgan, this symposium will provide a brief overview of the imaging techniques that can be used to study works on paper, followed by a series of case studies that demonstrate how technical study has led to art historical discoveries.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 1:30-5:15 PM

Session One

1:30 – 3:20 pm

John Marciari, Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Department Head of Drawings and Prints, The Morgan Library & Museum

A Brief Overview of Examination and Imaging Techniques

Lindsey Tyne, Associate Paper Conservator, Thaw Conservation Center, The Morgan Library & Museum

Memory of paper: Michelangelo's Drawings and Their Reuse in Time

Mauro Mussolin, Guest Scholar at The Getty Research Institute

Jousting and Jubilation: The Use of Imaging in Understanding Workshop Practice 

Kimberly Schenck, Head of Paper Conservation, National Gallery of Art

Rembrandt's Papers:  Moldmate Designation

Charles R. Johnson, Jr., Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University

Program Break

Session Two

3:30 – 5:15 pm

New Light (Infrared) on the Presentation Drawings of Gianlorenzo Bernini

Louise Rice, Associate Professor of Art History, New York University

Thomas Gainsborough: A Master's Techniques Revealed

Reba Fishman Snyder, Paper Conservator, Thaw Conservation Center, The Morgan Library & Museum

A Degas Pastel Rediscovered

Marjorie Shelley, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge Paper Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Questions and Discussion

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 1:30-5:15 PM
$15; free for members and students with a valid ID.

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Tickets include free admission for the day of the program.

Technical imaging of Thomas Gainsborough's Study of a Lady (III, 63b): visible light, reflected UVA radiation, and UVA-induced visible fluorescence.
Image Credits: Visible light image: Stephen H. Crossot; UVA images: Abigail Merritt and Justine Provino.

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