Curators and Conservators: Challenges and Dilemmas in Conservation Practice

This year’s Patrons Salon will be devoted to challenges and dilemmas in conservation practice, and how curators and conservators work together in order to achieve the best result. The possibilities of technical analysis and conservation practice are ever-expanding, and the results it yields can lead to difficult decisions. Which considerations play a role in restoration? How do curators and conservators work together to arrive at a good decision and optimal result? Which curatorial aspects should a restorer take into account when restoring a work? And how can a radical restoration change the interpretation of a work of art?

Saturday, March 11

10AM – 11AM CET

TEFAF Salon, MECC Maastricht

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We are pleased to announce that the following speakers have agreed to share their ideas and expertise on this subject. Uta Neidhardt is curator of Dutch and Flemish paintings at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden. She will speak about the restoration ofVermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, which changed drastically after the overpaint covering a figure of Cupid was removed in 2019. Caroline van der Elst is an independent paintings conservator. She will discuss the restoration of the Crucifixion by the Master of the Lamentation of Christ in Lindau (ca. 1425) in the Catharijneconvent in Utrecht. During the cleaning of the painting, it was discovered that the blue background was originally gold - the blue overpaint was applied in the sixteenth century. Thus arose the dilemma whether to remove the blue overpaint or not. In order to arrive at a decision, 3D scans were used as an aid to picture both options. Anne van Oosterwijk is Director of Collections at Musea Brugge. She will talk about the recent restoration of The Death of the Virgin by Hugo van der Goes. With this case study, she will illustrate how even a less drastic restoration can be of great significance to the perception and understanding of a painting.

The three speakers will exchange views in a discussion moderated by Manfred Sellink, Director of the MSK in Ghent, and chair of the Friends of CODART Foundation. The speakers will be happy to respond to questions from, and points raised by, members of the audience.


The Patrons Salon will take place during The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in the MECC in Maastricht on Saturday, 11 March 2023 from 9.30AM to 11.00AM

9.30AM – 9.45AM A word of welcome (with tea and coffee)

9.45AM – 11.00AM The speakers will give the audience the benefit of their experience and expertise, including time for questions and discussion.

11.00AM Closing words

This Salon is open to CODART Patrons and Business Sponsors and to all those who wish to become acquainted with CODART and what it offers its benefactors.

Location & Access

Programming will take place at the TEFAF Salon on the 1st floor of the MECC, TEFAF Maastricht. Do note that there is limited availability of seats. If you have not registered for programming or bought your ticket for TEFAF Maastricht: click the button “sign up” and purchase your ticket for TEFAF Maastricht.

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Cover image: Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden