Gilty Pleasure: Illuminating Early European Panel Paintings

February 15, 2023, 12:30–1 p.m.
a woman's face with a golden halo

Location: Virtual
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From new acquisitions to upcoming exhibitions, supporters are invited to a monthly virtual series featuring curators, conservators, and other staff members to get a behind-the-scenes look at their work at the museum.

Medieval churches were dark with limited natural light entering from narrow windows set in thick stone walls. Most lighting came from candles that flickered across a church’s interior, casting shadows against the walls and glinting off of the brilliant gold details of panel paintings. From its earliest use in art, gold implied a divine connection. Artists created ‘gold-ground paintings’ and introduced a range of tooling techniques to produce lavish effects that filled medieval Christian viewers with awe. Join Karen French, Head of Paintings Conservation, as she explores the use of gold leaf and decoration on early European panel paintings to create a symbolic link to the divine.


February 15, 2023


12:30–1 p.m.



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