U.S.A. - NEW HAVEN-CONNECTICUT - Art in Focus: Gazes Returned, The Technical Examination of Early English Panel Painting


Art in Focus is an academic initiative for members of the Center’s Student Guide Program through which students are introduced to every aspect of exhibition practice. Students intensify their engagement with the Center’s collections, strengthen their research skills, and test writing in new formats. Student curators select objects for exhibition, write text panels and object labels, and make decisions about installation.

The sixth exhibition in this initiative, Art in Focus: Gazes Returned, explores Tudor painting technique and examines the condition of key paintings in the Center’s collection. Works in the collection were examined using a variety of analytical techniques employed in modern conservation practice, such as x-radiography and infrared reflectography, x-ray fluorescence, and polarizing light microscopy, to determine each work’s material makeup, technique of fabrication, and subsequent physical history. Past restorations and current state, issues that affect a picture’s cosmetic appearance and art historical interpretation, are explored through a variety of didactic materials including a website, Analytic Tools and Technologies for Examining Tudor and Jacobean Painting, created in conjunction with the exhibition.

The student curators of Art in Focus: Gazes Returned are Hannah Flato (DC 2014), Ilana Harris-Babou (BR 2013), Yidan Li (CC 2014), and Yuxiu Zhong (BA 2012). The students worked under the guidance of Mark Aronson, Chief Conservator; Jessica David, Assistant Paintings Conservator; Linda Friedlaender, Curator of Education; and Jessica Dilworth, Museum Educator.

Yale Center for British Art     13.04.2012 - 09.12.2012

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