14.00 - 15.15 GMT


The panellists will be sharing compelling stories from the history of conservation, including important contributions from women. Each panellist will be presenting their own article from The Burlington's new book 'The Art of Conservation' co-published with Paul Holberton, and a joint discussion will follow. 

The book will be available for sale during the symposium.

With Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator, The National Gallery, Zahira Bomford, independent art historian and conservator, Jo Kirby Atkinson, former Senior Scientist at the National Gallery and independent scholar.

Moderated by Emanuela Tarizzo, art historian and Vice-Chair of London Art Week.

This panel is presented as part of the LAW 2023 Symposium held on Tuesday 5 December at the National Portrait Gallery in partnership with The Burlington Magazine.

Susanna Avery-Quash, The National Gallery

Dr Susanna Avery-Quash is Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) and Lead Curator at the National Gallery. She is in charge of pre-1900 objects in its Contextual Collection, and responsible for activities associated with its research strands, 'Buying, Collecting and Display', 'Art and Religion', and the Women and the Arts Forum. Her research focuses on the study of important private and public art collections, trends in artistic taste, and the historical art market. She helped establish The Society for the History of Collecting and TIAMSA; she is a Trustee of the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund and a Specialist Volunteer for the National Trust; and she is an Honorary Research Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London, and the University of Buckingham's Humanities Research Institute.

Zahira Véliz Bomford, independent art historian and conservator

Zahira Véliz Bomford is an independent art historian and conservator based in London and East Sussex. She studied at the University of Florida, Oberlin College, and the Courtauld Institute. She has practised as a restorer of paintings and polychrome sculpture in the United States, Spain and Britain. Between 1987-1992 she assisted John Brealey at the Prado Museum. She has lectured at University College, London, the Courtauld Institute and Rice University (Houston), curated exhibitions in Spain, Chile and Britain and published research on 2002 and published research on Alonso Cano, Velázquez, Spanish drawings, the history of restoration, conservation treatment and technical art history. In 2002 she was a J. Paul Getty Museum Scholar. Most recently, she was head of Paintings Conservation at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (retired 2019). Current research interests are 17th century Spanish treatises on art and the work and life of Mary Philadelphia Merrifield.

Jo Kirby, The National Gallery

Jo Kirby is a former Senior Scientist at the National Gallery, London, working on the materials and methods used in western European painting and their history. Her principal research interests include the history, technology and behaviour of pigments made from natural organic dyes; the study of historical literature relating to artists' materials and methods of painting; and the trade in artists' materials. She worked on the Art in the Making and Making and Meaning series of exhibitions held at the National Gallery between 1988 and 2005 and Making Colour in 2014 and served as Secretary-General of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) from 2010 to 2019.

Emanuela Tarizzo, London Art Week

Emanuela Tarizzo is an Art Historian, and Vice-Chair of the Board of London Art Week. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and between 2014 and 2021 she was Gallery Director at European Sculpture and Old Master Paintings specialists Tomasso in London. She was responsible for organising exhibitions, including joint shows with fellow art dealers and contemporary artists, authored exhibition catalogues, and regularly hosted talks and gallery tours. She is currently an independent art historian, and collaborates with both museums and private collectors.

June 2​8​, 2019 - Narayan Khandekar, Director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies and Senior Conservation Scientist, Pigment Lab. X-ray ​m​​​achine in use. Harvard Art Museums. Photo by Caitlin Cunningham.

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