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Bedford Square Festival
Friday 30 JUNE 2017, 10:30 – 11:30 AM BST

Talk and Demonstration by Dr Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe
Sotheby's Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square

Today a would-be artist can walk into an art shop and in ten minutes buy canvases, brushes and tubes of paint in every shade imaginable, including neon. Nothing could be farther from the conditions in which painters of earlier centuries worked. Every item used in the production of a painting had to be made in the painter’s own studio before he could begin to paint. This demonstration will provide insight into some of the techniques and materials of Old Masters. Participants will be introduced to some of the labours and limitations of Old Masters paint studios, and to the ingenuity with which painters solved problems - you should emerge from this session full of astonishment and admiration at the sheer skill with which they manipulated often intractable materials. Finally, using the Institute’s study collection of paintings, we will examine the effects of time or accident on paintings, and examples of restoration.

Speaker bio
Dr Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe has taught at the Sotheby's Institute of Art since 1989. Her areas of expertise are 16th and 17th-century painting and she is also trained as a painting restorer. Combining this experience with her knowledge of the history of Old Masters, she teaches with an emphasis on historical painting techniques. Fluent in French and Italian, Brotherton-Ratcliffe lectures for a wide range of courses and Institutions in London, the United States, and Europe. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA)

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