Facing the Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation: Trends, Treatments and Training

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In May 2009, at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Museum hosted the symposium "Facing the Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation: Trends, Treatments and Training." This symposium highlighted recent developments in panel paintings research and conservation, ranging from specific treatment projects to related exhibition issues. Along with formal presentations, the symposium included a panel discussion in which speakers reflected on their own formative experiences as panel conservators, and discussed training possibilities for the next generation of conservators. In addition to panel conservators, the symposium speakers and participants included curators, scientists, and conservation specialists in related fields.

The proceedings of the 2009 symposium are downloadable in 5 separate sections. A print-on-demand edition can be purchased through

The two day symposium was also video recorded:

Videos from Day One: Friday, May 17, 2009

Videos from Day Two: Saturday, May 18, 2009

The Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings (1995)

In 1995, the Getty presented its first symposium on panel paintings, "The Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings," which addressed a wide range of topics, including wood science and technology, the history of panel-making, the history of panel restoration, and current approaches to panel conservation. The proceedings of the 1995 symposium are available as both a print and an electronic publication. A printed copy is available for purchase through the Getty Bookstore. The online version is available free of charge on the GCI Web site.

Last updated: September 2011