Friends' Event: The Science of Art, Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery

Thursday 27th January 6.00PM

We are delighted to welcome eminent research scientist Rachel Billinge who will present a special online lecture for Friends of Art History in Focus. The talk is complimentary and for Friends of Art History in Focus only - we will send login details to all Friends a few days in advance and hope that you are able to attend. Don't worry, there is no need to book a space online.

Rachel Billinge is one of the world's leading art research scientists and has led many groundbreaking investigations and discoveries in the National Gallery's Conservation Department. Graduating from Oxford University, she then obtained an MA in the conservation of easel-paintings and joined the Conservation Department of the National Gallery, London in 1991. Rachel studies European paintings from the 13th to late 19th centuries; specializing in non-destructive technical analysis, particularly infrared reflectography but also macro-XRF scanning, X-radiography, stereomicroscopy, and surface-textural mapping. Rachel will discuss what the application of these scientific methods can tell us about paintings, how they were made and how they have changed, with reference to works she has investigated at the National Gallery.

The lecture will allow you to participate and ask questions using webcams and microphones (if you would like to use these) throughout this informal discussion. 

This is a live-streamed talk at 6.00pm GMT.  Tune in from anywhere in the world to watch or enjoy a recorded version of the lecture which can be accessed afterwards. The event will last approximately one hour.

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Further Information

The talk is complimentary and for Friends of Art History in Focus only - we will send log in details to all Friends a few days in advance and hope that you are able to attend. Don't worry, there is no need to book your space online!

A recording will be automatically be sent to all Friends of Art History in Focus who are unable to participate live.

Thanks so much for the information about the Friends' benefits. I am glad I joined - I feel as if I have a new ‘art family’!”

Mrs B Baker

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  • Complimentary Friends' Lecture
  • Led by renowned scholar Rachel Billinge
  • Extended Q and A and discussion



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