Stories from the conservator. Paintings
In this section, conservators at SMK describe the conservation that they carry out as part of their day-to-day work, in small, short stories. The tasks are wide-ranging, and these stories cover the treatment and investigation of many artworks of very different character and condition.
Discover stories about paintings from the conservator
A Monarch in Madrid
Back in the 1760s the preparations for Christian VII’s wedding included commissioning twelve portraits of various regents to decorate the so-called Potentates’ Room, which was the antechamber of the Great Hall at Christiansborg Palace. Seven of these twelve paintings still survive today, and all belong to SMK. The remaining five perished in the various palace fires that have plagued Copenhagen.
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Mapping the surface with 3D scanning
At SMK we have tested 3D scanning for documenting artworks and their technique and condition. The technique was tested on two Tal R paintings from the SMK collection.
Read about 3D scanning on artworks by Tal R
The SMK frame collection
The SMK collection of frames consist of 7,300 frames and they can reveal more history and information than is immediately apparent. The collection covers a wide range of styles, dates, materials, and countries of origin.
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Revealing the Secrets of a Master Flower Painter
During preparation for the exhibition Flowers and World Views, which opens at SMK in spring 2013, two paintings by the German-Dutch flower and still-life painter Abraham Mignon (1640-1679) were examined down to the smallest detail.
Restoring Joakim Skovgaard's masterpiece
In Christianskirken in Klaksvík on the Faroe Islands, one of Joakim Skovsgaard's masterpieces, The Last Supper, hangs as an altarpiece. It is currently being restored.
A grid of red chalk - Matisse's use of grids as an aid
In 2009, Henri Matisse's work Le Luxe II was restored at SMK. In this context, a number of technical studies were carried out in order to gain a greater understanding of the painting's creation and of Matisse's painting technique.
A rediscovered masterpiece
This small panel painting of the Madonna and Child had been tucked away in storage for decades because of yellowed varnish, discolored retouchings and several layers of surface dirt.
Matisse - the frame in focus
In preparation for the new presentation of the museum's French collection, one of the museum's masterpieces by Henri Matisse was brought in to the conservation workshop.
Small portraits - big problems
A miniature, or rather a portrait miniature, can be used as jewellery or hung for decoration in small cabinets.
Madonna in gold and egg tempera
From time to time, the museum's artworks must pay a visit to the conservation studios. A recent vistor was a Madonna painted by Cecco di Pietro. The painting was restored by conservator Troels Filtenborg.
Andrea Mantegna's Christ as the Suffering Redeemer
The message of Easter - about suffering, resurrection, and redemption - constitutes the main theme of Icon. Its realism and spatial depth and the vivid pain seen in the face of Christ broke new ground within the realm of painting
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Preparations for a Journey
Peter Paul Rubens The Ascent to Calvary. The Bearing of the Cross, c. 1634, is being conserved prior to returning temporarily to an exhibition in its native Belgium.
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A Masterpiece by L.A. Ring
L.A. Ring’s painting Harvest has been exposed to quite a few things during its 120 years of history. Now the art work has been restored for the exhibition L.A. Ring. On the edge of the world.
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Striving for calm and intimacy
It is not unusual that a conservator discover something during the course of his/her everyday work that piques the curiosity and which, upon closer inspection, offers up new knowledge that adds to our understanding of the artist’s work and helps elucidate his working process.
Delve into the art work, Woman seen from the back by Hammershøi