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Following an introductory lecture by Nathan Flis (Head of Exhibitions and Publications, and Assistant Curator of Seventeenth-Century Paintings at the Center), a panel consisting of Andrew Moore (former Keeper of Art, and Senior Curator, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery), Francesca Vanke (Keeper of Art and Curator of Decorative Art, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery), and Jessica David (Senior Conservator of Paintings at the Center), moderated by Edward Town (Head of Collections Information and Access, and Assistant Curator of Early Modern Art at the Center), will discuss the exhibition, the painting, and the Paston family.

This conversation will be followed by a special film preview of The Paston Treasure: A Painting Like No Other (produced for the Center by Cultureshock Media, narrated by Stephen Fry, and set to music by Griffin Brown, TC ’18).

Location:
Yale Center for British Art
Lecture Hall
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Image credit: Unknown artist (Dutch School), The Paston Treasure (detail), ca. 1663, oil on canvas, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK, courtesy of Norfolk Museums Service

This short film presents a technical journey into The Paston Treasure that delves beneath the paint layers to explain how this unusual painting was made and how it has changed over the last 350 years. Traditional and pioneering analytical techniques were used to reconstruct the experience of the artist, his painting materials, momentum, and interruptions that left major compositional changes hidden under the painted surface. The unique quality of the painting’s composition and color balance today are traced back to its making and the extraordinary interaction between painter and patron.

Produced by the Yale Center for British Art in association with Cultureshock Media, the making of this film was generously supported by the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation.

Narration: Stephen Fry
Musical Score: Griffin Brown (TC ’18)

Image credit: Unknown artist (Dutch School), The Paston Treasure (detail), ca. 1663, oil on canvas, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK, courtesy of Norfolk Museums Service