Gianfranco Pocobene:
Velázquez and Workshop?
King Philip IV of Spain

Thursday, March 13, 7:00 PM


PROGRAM | Stout Memorial Lecture
Velázquez and Workshop? King Philip IV of Spain:
Recent Restoration and the Question of Attribution

The 2010 conservation of Velázquez’s King Philip IV of Spain in the Gardner Museum provided the opportunity to undertake a technical examination of the painting. The attribution of the portrait has been questioned, but the investigation revealed that the techniques used in the work are more consistent with Velázquez’s known practices than previously thought.

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Held each year in honor of George L. Stout, the Museum’s Director from 1955 to 1970 and a founder of modern art conservation, the Stout Memorial Lecture celebrates excellence in preservation and understanding of cultural heritage. This year, Stout also serves as the silver screen inspiration for George Clooney's character in the film The Monuments Men. Learn more about the film and why Stout as our own real-life hero in conservation.

Gianfranco Pocobene, John L. and Susan K. Gardner Chief Conservator, has held his current position at the Gardner since 2004. His experience as a paintings conservator includes fifteen years at the Straus Center for Conservation, Harvard Art Museums, where he directed the restoration of significant mural cycles at the Boston Public Library by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and John Singer Sargent. In 2009 he co-authored and co-edited a related book, titled John Singer Sargent’s Triumph of Religion Murals at the Boston Public Library: Creation and Restoration.

This lecture has been made possible with the generous support of the Richard C. von Hess Foundation. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.