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Thursday, May 16 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
30. In-Depth Technical Analysis and Treatment of a Floral Still Life Painting

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A small floral still life painting belonging to the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York, originally thought to be of Flemish origin, was examined using a variety of imaging and analytical techniques to better understand its materials and history. A palette including lead white, vermilion, orpiment, and an insect-based red lake (cochineal) was confirmed. The historic glue paste lining and varnish were also analyzed. Techniques included elemental mapping with scanning X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), and close examination of select components using Fiber Optic Reflectance Spectroscopy (FORS), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman Spectroscopy. Changes to the composition were also revealed, which indicate the artistic process behind the painting’s creation. The provenance and attribution of the painting was researched extensively, and it was concluded that it is more likely French than Dutch, created in the late 17th or early 18th century. Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, or one of his students, may have been the artist. Finally, aesthetic and structural treatments were undertaken to clean and stabilize the surface, revealing additional original floral details and colors.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Robson

Student, Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department State University of New York College at Buffalo (SUNY Buff
Elizabeth Robson is a current third-year paintings major from the Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State College. She is completing her internship year at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL. She graduated with a BA in Art History and French from... Read More →

Co-Author
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Dr. Aaron Shugar

Professor/Educator, Garman Art Conservation Department State University of New York College at Buffalo
Ph.D., University College London M.S., University of Sheffield B.A., York UniversityAaron Shugar, PhDDr. Aaron Shugar is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Conservation Science in the Art Conservation Department, SUNY - Buffalo State. Dr. Shugar earned his M.Sc. from Sheffield... Read More →
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Fiona Beckett

Assistant Professor of Paintings Conservation, Garman Art Conservation Department, SUNY Buffalo State
Fiona Beckett has a Master's degree in Conservation with a specialization in paintings from Queen's University and an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. She has previous experience and internships at the Royal Ontario Museum, Atelier Anita Henry, the National... Read More →
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Jiuan Jiuan Chen

Associate Professor, Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department, State University of New York College at Buffalo
Jiuan Jiuan Chen is Associate Professor of Conservation Imaging, Technical Examination and Documentation in the Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State. A 2001 graduate of the same program, she previously interned or worked at the Northeast Document Conservation Center... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Uncas Ballroom Foyer Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun