What is hidden beneath the surface of paintings? Focusing on two 17th century artists, Adrian Vanson and Adam de Colone, a new exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery presents the findings of a recent collaborative research project. ‘Art & Analysis’ brings together a group of paintings that conservator Dr Caroline Rae, Caroline Villers Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art, has been examining using cutting edge technology. The exhibition is on now until 26 January, 2020.
In this film, paintings conservator Lesley Stevenson and curator Kate Anderson discuss how technical analysis can help inform our understanding of artworks, and Dr Caroline Rae presents some key findings from her research: including a woman (believed to be Mary Queen of Scots) hidden underneath a painting by Adrian Vanson.