Join Institute alumnus Matthew Hayes in conversation with colleagues Davide Gasparotto, Dorothy Mahon, and Dianne Modestini to present his new book, The Renaissance Restored: Paintings Conservation and the Birth of Modern Art History in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Michele Marincola will introduce the event. The Renaissance Restored chronicles paintings restoration in nineteenth-century Europe, exploring connections between conservation practice and art history writing. Its first chapters consider the material histories of works by Giotto and Titian in relation to pioneering texts that defined the earlier golden age, those by Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt among them. Later chapters recount the integration of paintings conservation into museums: at the National Gallery in London under the direction of Charles Eastlake and in Berlin under Wilhelm Bode. The book proposes an updated model for conservation history that is object focused yet enriched by a wider cultural context. It incorporates period texts, unpublished archival materials, and historical photographs to probe how paintings looked and were changed as scholars composed the foundational texts of art history.
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