Conférence : “Davis Discoveries Symposium: The Green Lady Mystery”.

Joshua Reynolds, The Green Lady, huile sur toile, Davis Museum.

Joshua Reynolds, The Green Lady, huile sur toile, Davis Museum.

Type : Conférence

Date : 19 février 2016

Horaire : 15 h 00

Lieu : Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Collins Cinema, 106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02481,

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 1792) was the most prominent portrait artist in England in the 18th century. Having studied the Old Masters in Rome, Reynolds devised a “Grand Manner” that emphasized the dignity of his sitters and ushered in a Golden Age of British portraiture. The Davis Museum is fortunate to count among its collections a portrait of a young woman by Reynolds. Prior to recent conservation treatment, the young woman in this portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds had the unfortunate nickname of the “Green Lady”—a reference to her once sallow appearance caused by decades of grime and yellowed varnish.

Join us for an afternoon symposium to hear curators and conservators discuss who she is, where she came from, and how she has been restored to reveal a fresh face ready to hang in the reinstalled galleries.

PROGRAM

3:00 : A. Cassandra Albinson, Margaret S. Winthrop Curator of European Art, Harvard Art Museums, on Reynolds place in the history of British portraiture, the attribution of the Davis’s portrait, the painting’s history, and the identity of the sitter

3:30 : Theresa Carmichael, Paintings Conservator, Carmichael Art, on the difficulty of conserving Reynolds’s paintings and her approach to the treatment of the Davis’s portrait

4:00 : William Myers, Frames Conservator, former Chief Preparator at the Smith College Museum of Art, on supervising the conservation treatment of the frame, which was carried out by Smith College undergraduate students

The Davis Discoveries series is generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art.