Lowell Lecture

Curated Conversations: Beneath the Surface: Examining Italian Paintings

Date & Time

Feb. 9, 2020 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115
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Lydia Vagts, Cunningham Associate Conservator of Paintings

Presenting Organization

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


The Arts

Science and technology can help us discover valuable information about paintings. Using X-rays and infrared reflectology, it was possible to make several discoveries about some of the Italian masterpieces in the MFA’s collection, including Botticelli’s Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist and panels from the Monopoli Altarpiece. Join Lydia Vagts, Cunningham Associate Conservator of Paintings, for an up-close look at the technical studies of these paintings and discuss what goes undetected by the naked eye.