British Art Network: How to Deal With Enormous Artworks - Michael Liversidge

Michael Liversidge - “…desirous of appearing in the more eligible light of a history painter…”  Situating William Hogarth’s St Mary Radcliff Altarpiece

This presentation situates Hogarth’s altarpiece for St Mary Redcliffe in the context of early- and mid-eighteenth century English history painting, and offers an assessment of its significance for the wider history of British art.

British Art Network: How to Deal With Enormous Artworks - Carolyn Lamb

Carolyn Lamb - Touring Large Canvases: A Conservation Challenge

Drawing on examples of large works from the Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives collection including the recently acquired Delhi Durbar by Roderick Mackenzie, Noahs Ark by Jan Griffier and the Betrayal of Christ by Van Dyck, this talk looks at conservation challenges for moving, travelling and installing large canvases.

British Art Network: How to Deal With Enormous Artworks - Pieter Roelofs

Pieter Roelofs - Rembrandt's ‘Nightwatch’: Beating heart of the Rijksmuseum's displays 

With the reopening of the Rijksmuseum in 2013 Rembrandt’s Nightwatch returned to its appointed place at the very heart of the museum. This homecoming was an ambitious and carefully organized operation. In his talk Pieter Roelofs discusses the challenges and precautions that were taken to make the painting visible again.

British Art Network: How to Deal With Enormous Artworks - Christine Sitwell

Christine Sitwell - The Unloved Painting: ‘The Separation of Day and Night’ by Guido Reni

When Kingston Lacy was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1981, ‘The Separation of Day and Night’ by Guido Reni was removed due to its poor condition.  In 2006, it was decided to conserve the painting and re-instate it on the Library ceiling.  In this talk Christine Sitwell describes the difficulties and challenges in the removal and re-instatement as well the conservation treatment and the issues related to its display.

This British Art network seminar focused on the prevailing challenges that exceptionally large artworks in public collections pose for conservation, display and interpretation.