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

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


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,” 

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

Rupert Featherstone, The Hamilton-Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

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

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, 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"

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"