The restoration of a work of art is always a good opportunity to question artistic practice through interdisciplinary dialogue. In this respect, the restoration of the tapestry cartoon of the Martyrdom of St. Paul in the Brussels City Museum has kept its promise.To mark the completion of the restoration, the City of Brussels, in cooperation with the Historic Monuments and Sites Department, is organising two study days on 2 and 3 October 2017.
The conferences will be based around three strands:
- In the first part, the discussions intend to place the cartoon of St. Paul in its artistic and cultural context.
- The second part will highlight the challenges, discoveries and contributions of the restoration project.
- The third part will emphasize a little-studied body of works: the tapestry cartoons which are still kept today in public institutions. They will be presented from different angles: provenance, material history, a comparison of derivative cartoons and tapestries, technological studies, the state of knowledge and avenues of study, as well as museum issues