Conversations about Conservation | Paul van Somer’s “An Unknown Young Girl”

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Jessica David, Senior Conservator of Paintings, will present discoveries made during the technical examination and ways in which the painting’s history has influenced its present condition.

About this program

Paul van Somer’s painting An Unknown Young Girl (ca. 1615) is currently undergoing conservation treatment at the YCBA. Orphaned from a set of related portraits and overpainted by past restorers, the work lost both its historical context and the energetic signature paint handling of its maker. Join us to see this painting at a unique moment mid-treatment for an in-depth discussion.


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Conversations about Conservation

Join us in the Study Room for a series of talks featuring works from the collection presented by members of the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) Conservation department. Speakers will highlight objects in the collection, discuss how the artworks were made, and describe conservation treatments that have been performed. In addition, collections care, technical analysis, and the relationship of media to meaning will be explored. 

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Paul van Somer, An Unknown Young Girl, detail, ca. 1615, oil on panel, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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