Getty Foundation & Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale WORKSHOP on canvas: 7-18/06/2021


With the support of the Getty Foundation through its Conserving Canvas initiative, il Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale is pleased to announce a practical workshop addressed to conservators specialized in paintings on canvas.

The workshop will be held in two different editions:
First edition: 7th-18th June 2021
Second edition: dates to be confirmed

It will be an opportunity for 6 conservators (3 per each edition) to deal with complex topics concerning double-sided paintings. Open to mid-career conservators working in museums or other institutions active in the field of Conservation of Cultural Heritage, it will take place in the Conservation Laboratories of the Centre (Venaria Reale, Turin, Italy).

The practical-technical activity will focus particularly on a banner depicting the Virgin and Child with Saints by Giulio Cesare Procaccini from Pinacoteca di Brera (Milan). It is a complex case of canvas painted on both sides which can offer interesting insights in particular on the topic of tear repair.

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The visiting conservators will have the chance to work alongside the conservators of the Centre working on Procaccini’s banner.

Each edition will cover the following training modules:

  • a presentation of the artwork by Procaccini and its conservative issues
  • a presentation of the two main topics of concern: readhesion of fragments through tear mending and stretching of double-sided paintings.

The training activities will include tests on mock-ups aimed at the evaluation of methods and techniques developed by the CCR, and practical sessions on the artwork. The visiting conservators will have a full experience of the work also through presentations and all the material collected during the expert meeting (PPT, videos, etc.).

Visiting conservators will also be introduced to other significant cases of canvas paintings, present within the Laboratory. Two specific training sessions will be held by experts in the field: one by Matteo Rossi Doria and the other by Petra Demuth and Hannah Flock.

The Laboratory of Paintings on Canvas and Panel is located in a wide and well-equipped space in which conservators, professors and students work in synergy. In addition to Conservation Laboratories the Centre has Scientific Laboratories for diagnostics applied to Cultural Heritage, a specialized library and an archive.

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