Presentation Title

A Technical Study of Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Agnes

Advisor Information

Amy Morris

Location

UNO Criss Library, Room 231

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

6-3-2015 9:30 AM

End Date

6-3-2015 9:45 AM

Abstract

This project was first conceived of last spring during my Technical Art History class. I researched a painting called Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Agnes currently part of the Joslyn Art Museum’s permanent collection. This painting was formerly attributed to Jan Gossart but because of dissimilarities between the figures of this painting and those in his other works it is now said to be in the school of Gossart. In order to research this painting more thoroughly and compare the underdrawings, we used infrared technology to view the paintings underdrawing. This underdrawings will bring behind the scenes look at part of the history of art that few people ever have the privilege to see. Originally underdrawings were only meant to be seen by the artist, people working in their workshops, and the patron who commissioned the work. A technical study was done using Infrared Reflectography(IRR) to view the underdrawings of the Joslyn painting, so that with knowledge of Gossart’s underdrawing style we can easily compare it to the style of the underdrawing of the Joslyn painting. This study is very timely, many art historians around the world are using IRR to aid there research into workshop practices by viewing underdrawings. this helps them to see what is original and what is copy and to attribute works to various artists who previously did not get recognition for these works.

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Mar 6th, 9:30 AM Mar 6th, 9:45 AM

A Technical Study of Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Agnes

UNO Criss Library, Room 231

This project was first conceived of last spring during my Technical Art History class. I researched a painting called Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Agnes currently part of the Joslyn Art Museum’s permanent collection. This painting was formerly attributed to Jan Gossart but because of dissimilarities between the figures of this painting and those in his other works it is now said to be in the school of Gossart. In order to research this painting more thoroughly and compare the underdrawings, we used infrared technology to view the paintings underdrawing. This underdrawings will bring behind the scenes look at part of the history of art that few people ever have the privilege to see. Originally underdrawings were only meant to be seen by the artist, people working in their workshops, and the patron who commissioned the work. A technical study was done using Infrared Reflectography(IRR) to view the underdrawings of the Joslyn painting, so that with knowledge of Gossart’s underdrawing style we can easily compare it to the style of the underdrawing of the Joslyn painting. This study is very timely, many art historians around the world are using IRR to aid there research into workshop practices by viewing underdrawings. this helps them to see what is original and what is copy and to attribute works to various artists who previously did not get recognition for these works.