The British Museum - London, 10-11 May 2012                                                    

The Renaissance Workshop: The Materials and Techniques of Renaissance Art

As part of the European project
(Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures: Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration), a two-day technical symposium was held at The British Museum on 10-11 May 2012.

The aim of the event was to explore how technical examination of Renaissance artefacts sheds light not only on their materials and manufacturing techniques, but also on the prevailing European workshop practice in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. 

Suggested themes for presentations included:

- Evidence of workshop practice from examination and analysis of artefacts
- Inter-relations between different crafts and trades
- Supply, demand and trading
- Documentary evidence of workshop practice and materials

While these themes covered all types of materials, the focus was on objects rather than monuments and buildings, although decorative elements within buildings, such as wall paintings, terracottas and furnishings were included.

For more details of the programme of papers and posters presented at The Renaissance Workshop please see Programme or email:


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