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 Institute's community and guests only. RSVP to conservation.events@nyu.edu.

Please check the events calendar for upcoming lectures in this series.

Archive

2020 (postponed until further notice)
Elise Effman Clifford, Head Paintings Conservator, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
“Never Assume: Stories of Artistic Idiosyncrasies and Scholarly Biases,” 

2019
Dorothy Mahon, Conservator, Paintings Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“On the Conservation of Rembrandt Paintings in New York, 1891–2018”

2018
Rupert Featherstone, The Hamilton-Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
“Intervention"

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2017
Michael Gallagher, Sherman H. Fairchild Conservator in Charge in the Department of Paintings Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Brokering Truths”

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2016
Laurence Kanter and Irma Passeri
"The Conservation of Early Italian Panel Paintings at Yale: Past and Present"

2015
Iris Schaefer, Head of the Department of Technology and Conservation, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Fondation Corboud, Cologne, Germany

2013
Cecilia FrosininiConservator, Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Claire Barry, Chief Conservator, Kimbell Art Museum
"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"

2011
Petria Noble
"Reconstructing Original Formats: Technical Examination of Rembrandt paintings in the Mauritshuis"

2009
Jill Dunkerton
"In Search of Verrocchio as a Painter: The Cleaning and Examination of Two Panels at the National Gallery, London"

2008
Mark S. Tucker
"The Recovery of Pictorial Ideas"

2007
Anne van Grevenstein-Kruse
"The Restoration of the Oranjezaal, Huis ten Bosch: Restoring a lost spatial unity"

2006
Ashok Roy
"The re-emergence of the 'Madonna of the Pinks' and Raphael’s early painting practice"