This seminar will focus on the prevailing challenges that exceptionally large artworks in public collections pose for conservation, display and interpretation. The event will take its starting point from William Hogarth’s Triptych for St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, and the mismatch between its great art historical relevance and almost complete absence from public and even academic consciousness. Hogarth’s popularity as a painter, printmaker and satirist has never ceased, but rests almost entirely on his ‘gallery-sized’ work. Yet, reintegrating the altar into the canon by at least including it in temporary exhibitions has turned out to be too great a challenge in terms of finance and logistics and prevented any such project from getting beyond proposal stage. What can be done? In the afternoon session speakers will introduce a number of case studies, ranging from the Rijksmuseum’s highly successful new displays of seventeenth-century Dutch masterpieces, such as Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, to the National Trust’s recent conservation of painted ceilings in Kingston Lacy and Ightham Mote. Programmed by Dr Jenny Gaschke, Curator of Fine Art, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in collaboration with Martin Myrone, Lead Curator, pre-1800 British Art, Tate.
Download programme notes: Hogarth BAN Seminar Programme.pdf
Listen to recordings from the event, here