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Tuesday, May 17 • 10:30am - 11:00am
(Paintings) Using Web-Based Projects to Promote Conservation and Engage Diverse Audiences

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In 2014, FAIC launched a research survey "Charting the Digital Landscape of the Conservation Profession." Initial findings showed that the conservation field would benefit from new and engaging methods to connect with the general public and allied professionals (e.g. art history, the sciences, etc.). This presentation will outline two web-based projects that focus on traditional easel paintings; these projects implement digital media and web technology to appeal to non-traditional audiences. Work on the “Kress Technical Art History Website,” a site hosted by the University of Delaware, began in 2013. The aim of the site is to educate a wide audience, specifically educators functioning in a museum or university setting, as well as members of the general public who have an interest in the materials, techniques, and technical investigation of traditional Western Easel Painting. The Kress Technical Art History site explores these aspects through guided slideshows, engaging the viewer through a step-by-step process for eighteen Old Master Paintings. outlining each stage of the creative painting process. Complementary information relating to historical art materials and analytical processes are also outlined. A second interactive website hosted by Villanova University will also be discussed. This site outlines the many stages of a two-year conservation project using a month-by-month timeline and geo-mapping software. Viewers are invited to virtually experience each step of the treatment of a 12-by-20’ 17th-century Italian oil on canvas painting entitled The Triumph of David, including the initial examination of the painting, consolidation and cleaning, and finally filling and retouching losses. Additional sections of the website feature information relating to provenance and the art-historical background of the painting as well as the scientific examination and imaging that was carried out by the conservation team. A major goal of the site is to “de-mystify” the process of a complex and involved treatment process while emphasizing the specialized expertise required of conservators and technical art historians. The Triumph of David site providse users with accessible documentation that can be used by the art community to inform future research relating to the artwork. Both speakers will address practical aspects of these websites, including unforeseen challenges, user feedback, and suggestions for those planning future web-based projects relating to the field of conservation.


Brian Baade

Assistant Professor, Painting Conservator, and Researcher of Historical Painting Materials and Techniques, University of Delaware
Brian Baade worked as a practicing painter and illustrator after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before devoting his career to painting conservation. He attended the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, graduating in 2006. Brian majored in painting conservation with a focus on the identification and analysis of historic painting materials and techniques. His has worked at the Chateau... Read More →
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Kristin deGhetaldi

PhD Program in Preservation Studies, University of Delaware
Kristin de Ghetaldi is a painting conservator who graduated in 2008 with a Master of Science degree from the Winterthur/University of Delaware program in Conservation. She recently completed a three-year Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Painting Conservation at the National Gallery of Art working on the treatment of Old Master easel paintings. Under the guidance of scientists and conservators at the NGA, Kristin was given the opportunity to use a... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 710 A

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