Conserving Canvas InitiativeThe Dutch Method Unfolded, masterclass on wax-resin linings

The Department of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is pleased to announce a masterclass on wax-resin linings to be held at the UvA from 29 June to 10 July 2020. The two-week program is supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Conserving Canvas initiative.

Wax-resin lining is a remedial conservation method that was invented in the Netherlands in the first half of the 19th century. Wax-resin lining was extensively used by paintings conservators in Europe and abroad until the mid-1970’s, when its use started to decline as it was no longer considered to agree with modern attitudes towards conservation.

The goal of the masterclass is to disseminate knowledge on the history of wax-resin linings and inform on the impact of wax-resin linings on the physical and material characteristics of paintings. Furthermore, it will provide a platform to share expertise and reflect on the consequences of the method for today’s conservation of lined paintings.

The masterclass is a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam with the following Dutch museums: Frans Hals Museum, Amsterdam Museum, Mauritshuis, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Van Gogh Museum, in collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL).

The masterclass is offered to a group of maximum 14 mid-career professionals in conservation including conservators of cultural heritage, art historians, curators, collection manager, and conservation scientists. The participants of the masterclass will receive funding for travel and accommodation.

The participants of the masterclass will be selected via an open call which closing date is 25th of January.

For further information including registration, agenda, and program, please see

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Further information on the initiative can be found at:

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