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Alma-Tadema and Victorian Painting
in the Pérez-Simón Collection

From 25 June to 12 October 2014 (extended closing date)



Autor:
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Título:
The Roses of Heliogabalus (detail)
Fecha:
1888
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
132.7 x 214.4 cm

Ubicacion:
Pérez-Simón Collection, Mexico

Carmen in Spanish collections

From 7 October until 9 November 2014

Special Collaborative Exhibition. Free entry



Autor:
Pablo Picasso
Título:
Femme de profil à l’éventail, 1964, illustrations for the book Le Carmen des Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and Louis Aragon
Fecha:
1964
Ubicacion:
Fundación Bancaja Collection
© Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014

Technical Studies and Restorations

  • Superposición de capas

    El Greco. From Italy to Toledo Technical Study of the Works in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

    To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco in 2014, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza presented the results of the technical studies undertaken by the Museum’s Restoration Department on four works by the artist in the Permanent Collection: The Annunciation, ca.1576; Christ embracing the Cross, ca.1587-1596; The Annunciation, ca.1596-1600; and The Immaculate Conception, ca.1608-1614. The results were shown in a small display and in a microsite which offers all the detailed information about the project.

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  • Superposición de capas

    Hans Cranach Restoration and technical study of Hercules at the Court of Omphale

    The purpose of this project subsidised by the Heritage Programme of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to restore and analyse this work by Hans Cranach. The varnish has oxidised over the years and currently prevents a true appreciation of the original colours, nuances and quality of the painting. The restoration will basically consist of removing this layer of varnish, consolidating some of the cracks and adjusting old retouchings.

    Meanwhile, the technical studies (X-ray, infrared and ultraviolet photographs, and chemical analyses) will provide accurate evidence of the materials and technique that the artist employed to create the work. They are also a vital preliminary step in ensuring that the restoration of a work of this calibre is carried out properly and safely.

    Interactive publication of the Project

  • Boy with Hen

    Manuel BeneditoRestoration process

    Restoration process in Boy with Hen, oil on canvas by Manuel Benedito, purchased at auction in 2012 by the Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza.

    When the painting arrived at the conservation workshop of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, it was discovered that both the canvas and the frame, which was the original one used by the author, were in need of restoration to enhance the quality of the work. The process has dealt with the removal of the layer of surface dirt, as well as the elimination of the layer of oxidised varnish in order to recover the painting’s original luminosity.

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  • Superposición de capas

    Tintoretto Study and restoration of The Paradise

    This project, in partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, involves the restoration of the painting on the basis of an exhaustive preliminary study. The decision was taken to restore The Paradise in order to control deterioration suffered over time, to guarantee its future preservation and to recover its visual balance to the greatest degree possible.

    In addition to the importance of the work undertaken by the Museum’s restoration team, from the preliminary analyses to the “live” restoration of the painting, this project has also set out to involve visitors in the entire process. For this reason, and coinciding with the Museum’s 20th Anniversary, the restorers’ work has taken place in front of the public for the first time, allowing visitors to see the technical and artistic results in real time.

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  • compound analyzed through an electron microscope

    Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni Technical Study

    The technical study of the painting Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni presents detailed information about the research conducted by the Conservation Department of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to shed light on the creative process, techniques and materials used by Ghirlandaio.

    The ensuing exhibition and publication display the results obtained in the Museum’s laboratory using X-radiography, infrared photography and microsamples, which have been crucial in identifying the working technique and the material composition, as well as the distribution of strata in the painting.

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  • compound analyzed through an electron microscope

    Otto Dix Portrait of Hugo Erfurth. Techniques and Secrets

    The technical study of the painting Hugo Erfurth with Dog presents detailed information about the research conducted by the Conservation Department of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to shed light on the creative process, techniques and materials used by Otto Dix.

    The ensuing exhibition and publication display the results obtained in the Museum’s laboratory using X-radiography, infrared photography and microsamples, which have been crucial in identifying the working technique and the material composition, as well as the distribution of strata in the painting.

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  • compuesto analizado a través de un microscopio electrónico

    RafaelloDifferent photographic techniques for the physical study of a work

    Non-destructive techniques are employed based on exposing the work of art to electromagnetic radiations of different wave-lengths (close-up infra-red, visible, ultraviolet, x-rays).

    Through these techniques an image is obtained whose subsequent treatment will produce comprehensive information on the work.

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