Im sure many of you know and have attended the Blanton Museum of Art, free Thursdays--Ah--but have you attended any of their free lectures and tours? Because time is valuable, lets do this all on one evening---(Third Thursdays Museum is open late)
Visit The exhibits--530pm--ish--
Free Lecture (Stephen Gritt) is from 600pm-700pm--Information is further on this page (Read below)--In their auditorium--First come First Seat (No reservations)
Free Public Tour--730pm---830pm--Again--this is No Reservations--First come First gets to go at the Museum Tour--PLEASE--If you are wanting to attend, when you get to the Blanton, and having your parking ticket validated, ask where you line up for this event, as I am sure it is popular--Please, do not have the expectation that we are doing a group tour--it is a FREE, public tour offered, and organized by the museum--
Information about the exhibit, and about the lecture--from their web page--------
Organized by the Blanton and made possible by a unique partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, Restoration and Revelation features a focused selection of paintings and drawings, all drawn from the museum’s Suida-Manning Collection. Acquired in 1998, the Suida-Manning Collection comprises approximately 650 European paintings, drawings, and sculptures — predominantly Northern Italian from the late sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth century.
At the center of the exhibition is a masterwork by Carneo, The Death of Rachel, which depicts a scene from the Book of Genesis in which Rachel, the wife of Jacob, dies giving birth to her son, Benjamin. Carneo used a limited yet emotive palette to capture the drama of the subject. When the Blanton acquired the work in 1998, the canvas had severe structural issues and a pattern of paint loss indicating that it was likely rolled and folded at some point in its history. A previous restoration attempted in the mid-twentieth century was left unfinished, and the painting was in need of repair to safeguard it from further deterioration and restore its visual integrity.
The conservators at the National Gallery of Canada, led by Chief Conservator Stephen Gritt, first had to technically examine the painting, clean its surface, and fill in areas of paint loss. It took several months to reconstruct the forms in The Death of Rachel, and the whole treatment — which took more than 500 hours — was documented through video and photography that accompany the dramatic, and successful end result on view.
A range of conservation issues — and the techniques used to address them — is examined through other works in the exhibition. Luca Cambiaso’s drawing Saint Benedict Enthroned between Saint John the Baptist and Saint Luke, for example, was created with iron gall ink, a popular medium from the fifteenth through the early twentieth centuries that, over time, corrodes paper and creates holes. In Pacecco de Rosa’s Saint Agatha, issues particular to panel painting, such as moisture absorption, are addressed. Also on view is a seventeenth-century canvas by a follower of the artist Simon Vouet selected for this exhibition because of a startling discovery made while it was being cleaned.
Should be a fun, educational evening--
Hope to see you there