THE RESTORATION OF THE EARLY ITALIAN “PRIMITIVES” DURING THE 20TH CENTURY: VALUING ART AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
. It is important to mention that The Yale University Art Museum is currently engaged in a collaborative project with the J. Paul Getty Museum to rehabilitate as many of the early Italian paintings at Yale as possible. This exciting project was initiated by the Yale conservators Mark Aronson, Patricia Garland, Joachim Pissarro and Joanna Weber, who are carrying out the new treatments at the Getty in conjunction with the Getty conservators Gene Karraker, Mark Leonard, Elisabeth Mention, Andrea Rothe, and Yvonne Szafran. Carl Brandon Strehlke of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is providing advice on which paintings should be prioritized. The dramatic results of this project are already visible in the galleries at Yale.
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CATHLEEN HOENIGER is associate professor of art history at Queen's University in Canada, where she teaches Italian medieval and Renaissance art as well as the crossover area between art history and art conservation. She has an M.A. in the history of science from the University of Toronto in 1983 and a Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University in 1989. Her dissertation is on the painting technique of Simone Martini, and she has published on this subject in Gesta and JAIC. She has also written on luxury silks in Venetian Trecento paintings for Electa, and on the techniques and conservation of wall paintings for The Dictionary of Art. Her book, The Renovation of Paintings in Tuscany, 1250–1500, examines the reworkings to a number of important early Italian paintings in relation to devotional and civic practices and questions the modern tendency to remove such “accretions” in search of the original. She is currently working on a broader study of art restoration and taste. Address: Queen's University, Department of Art, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6, Canada.