Talk: Janet Laurence
A conversation about Rembrandt, alchemy and conservation
Join artist Janet Laurence for a discussion about Rembrandt’s studio practice and her work The matter of the masters, now showing at the Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age.
Rembrandt’s paintings have often been the focus of forensic examination because very few details of his studio practice were recorded during his lifetime. In her laboratory display of objects, Laurence explores these processes of conservation, highlighting the intersections of art, science and nature.
The matter of masters is inspired by conservation research and analysis of paintings by Rembrandt and his contemporaries, undertaken by Petria Noble, head of paintings conservation at the Rijksmuseum. In conversation with the Gallery’s Josephine Touma, Janet will talk about her collaboration with Petria and their discoveries about Rembrandt’s materials and working methods.
Petria Noble, head of paintings conservation at the Rijksmuseum, is unable to speak at this event as previously advertised. The Gallery apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Image: Janet Laurence The matter of masters, installation view detail with reproduced details of Rembrandt’s Portrait of Dr Ephraim Bueno (1599-1665) 1646–47 from the Rijksmuseum