Samuel H. Kress Lecture

The Institute of Fine Arts' Samuel H. Kress Lecture, delivered by a prominent scholar in conservation, presents important issues within the fields of paintings conservation and technical art history. This annual event is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The Kress Lecture is held in the Institute’s first floor Lecture Hall at 1 East 78th Street.
Reservation required. Open to the IFA community and guests only. RSVP to

Check the events calendar for upcoming lectures in this series.


Iris Schaefer, Head of the Department of Technology and Conservation, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Fondation Corboud, Cologne, Germany

Cecilia FrosininiConservator, Opificio delle Pietre Dure

Claire Barry
Sleight of Hand: Comparing the painting techniques in Caravaggio's Cardsharps and La Tour's Cheat with the Ace of Clubs at the Kimbell Art Museum

Petria Noble
Reconstructing Original Formats: Technical Examination of Rembrandt paintings in the Mauritshuis

Jill Dunkerton
In Search of Verrocchio as a Painter: The Cleaning and Examination of Two Panels at the National Gallery, London

Mark S. Tucker
The Recovery of Pictorial Ideas

Anne van Grevenstein-Kruse
The Restoration of the Oranjezaal, Huis ten Bosch: Restoring a lost spatial unity

Ashok Roy
The re-emergence of the “Madonna of the Pinks” and Raphael’s early painting practice

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