Art & Design Magazine

Getting Below the Surface: On American Painters and Their Paints

By Americanart

Copley

John Singleton Copley's Mrs. George Watson

Somewhere between the letters PhD and CSI lives the amazing work of painting conservators. Part researcher and part detective, they study paintings with state-of-the-art tools that help them see through layers of paint and varnish and enable them to conserve works of art whose colors may have gradually shifted over time and whose canvases may show signs of age. Tomorrow evening, March 29, independent conservators Lance Mayer and Gay Myers, authors of the newly published American Painters on Technique: The Colonial Period to 1860, will speak about their work in the museum's McEvoy Auditorium. Eye Level checked in with Tiarna Doherty, chief of conservation at the museum's Lunder Conservation Center, to talk about the upcoming lecture.

"Lance Mayer and Gay Myers are paintings conservators who have been working on American paintings their whole careers," Doherty said. "They use what artists said in their own words about their painting practice, including journals, letters, and even shopkeepers's bills. What makes their research particularly informative is that they are able to relate everything they've read to the objects in front of them. For us, as we walk through the galleries of American Art, we look at paintings and wonder why is it that in John Singleton Copley's works, such as his portrait of Mrs. George Watson, his faces might look a little more yellow than a person painting regular flesh tones. Lance and Gay could answer that with their research and for the fact that Copley always thought it was best to add a little yellow."

Perhaps that's what caused painter Gilbert Stuart to comment that "Copley's flesh tones look like tanned leather," a remark cited in Mayer and Myers's new book. Clearly, Stuart is making fun of Copley, but it's the kind of detail that reveals a little something about both painters.

"We look at paintings with a more informed eye because it's now part of our practice that we do the kind of research that Lance and Gay have done," adds Doherty.

The lecture by Lance Mayer and Gay Myers begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow, March 29 and is guaranteed to shed a light on painters, pigments, and personalities.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
    LIFESTYLE
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener
    GARDENING, HOME

Magazines