The National Museum of Art of Romania

Conservation Lab: Old Master Paintings Restored

Conservation Lab: Old Master Paintings Restored focuses on the on the work of the museum’s dedicated team of expert restorers during the past three decades and showcases the wide range of conservation issues they addressed.

National Museum of Art of Romania, The European Art Gallery, first floor
21 July to 30 September

Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 to 18
Free: every first Wednesday of the month

Why do damages occur and how can Old Master paintings regain their original outlook? The exhibition helps us discover some of the orginal artist studio practices alongside the development of conservation philosophy and methodology from the 19th century to the present through the work of passionate detective-restorers. Looking at a painting we may sometimes notice a disturbing flaking colour but we do not always ask ourselves what caused it. We see the effect but how often do we wonder why?
Conservation Lab: Old Master Paintings Restored presents in a nutshell four centuries of European painting – from 15th century panels by Flemish masters to 19th century canvases by artists who copied Old Masters to learn the tricks of their craft.

Of the many hundred paintings restored for the opening of the museum’s permanent galleries and branch museums organisers selected 18, some of which are on permanent display in the European Art Gallery. This is the case of two large canvases, Susanna and the Elderly by Alessandro Varotari and Mattia Preti’s Alexander the Great receiving the Crown from the Family of King Darius whose long-lasting and painstaking restoration made it possible for the first time in decades to be enjoyed as their authors had intended them.

Conservation Lab: Old Master Paintings Restored is a good opportunity to explore the complexity of the restoration process while appreciating the infinite dedication needed to regain the integrity and beauty of an original work of art.

National Museum of Art of Romania, The European Art Gallery, first floor
21 July to 30 September, wednesday to sunday, from 10 to 18
Free: every first Wednesday of the month