Visit the Conservator

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

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.

Read more about the SMK frame collection


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.

Read more about what technical analysis could reveal


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.

Read about how the work that SMK has loaned to a church is 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.

Read about the work that proved to be of surprisingly high quality


© Succession H. Matisse/billedkunst.dk

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.

Read about how the frame stole the spotlight from Madame Matisse


Small portraits - big problems

A miniature, or rather a portrait miniature, can be used as jewellery or hung for decoration in small cabinets.

Read the story of how some of the tiniest pieces of art are protected for posterity


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.


Updated: 26.aug.2014
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