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Friday, May 30 • 8:30am - 9:00am
(Paintings Session) Aspects of Painting Technique in The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne attributed to Andrea Salai

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The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne attributed to Andrea Salai, an associate of Leonardo da Vinci, came from the Hammer Museum at the University of California Los Angeles to the Paintings Conservation Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum for study and treatment in preparation for an exhibition at the Museé du Louvre. Dated to 1500-1524, it is a scale version of the same subject painted by his master now at the Louvre, and was almost certainly created in Leonardo’s studio. The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne has come down to us in remarkable condition from both a structural and aesthetic point of view. The panel has been virtually unaltered since it was constructed and the paint surface remains very much intact with only a few discrete losses. This paper will describe aspects of the painting technique for which analysis of cross-sections greatly enhanced our understanding of it. Some of the interesting findings include a methodical approach to the paint build-up with the occurrence of intermediate varnish layers, and evidence of a textile and the hand used to manipulate blue and red glazes.

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Sue Ann Chui

Associate Conservator, J. Paul Getty Museum
Sue Ann Chui is an Associate Conservator in the department of Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles where she is specialized in the conservation of panel paintings. Before joining the Getty in 2005, Sue Ann was a post-graduate intern at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge University; a Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the Conservation Center, New York University; and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Walters Art Museum... Read More →

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Alan Phenix

Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute
Alan Phenix is a paintings conservator, conservation educator and conservation scientist. He is presently 'Scientist' at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, working partly for the Collections Research Laboratory (CRL) and partly for the Modern & Contemporary Art Research group. His work concerns mainly the analysis of art materials and the study of artists' technique.


Friday May 30, 2014 8:30am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom B