Lecture event at the Getty – Anatomy of Lucas Cranach’s Adam and Eve: A Case Study in Conservation


Lecture event: Anatomy of Lucas Cranach’s Adam & Eve: A Case Study in Conservation

RESCHEDULED – New Date & Time: Saturday Feb 17, 2024 02:00 PM

Due to the forecasted severe storm, the Getty Center will be closed to the public on Sunday February 5th and the talk, Anatomy of Lucas Cranach’s Adam & Eve: A Case Study in Conservation has been rescheduled (again!) to Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 2pm (Pacific).

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Date Time: Feb 17, 2024 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


To complement the Getty Museum‘s current exhibition of two nearly life-size 16th-century wood panel paintings Adam and Eve by leading German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder, the Getty is staging a lecture event on Sunday, February 4, 2024.

Pictured above: The Norton Simon Museum’s nearly fully restored Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder in Getty Museum’s conservation studio. © J. Paul Getty Trust.

The lecture will be held from 2 pm – 4:30 pm in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, or you can attend virtually, via zoom.

This event is FREE, but requires advance ticketing or registration.

To attend in person, go here for free tickets

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Anatomy of Lucas Cranach’s Adam and Eve: A Case Study in Conservation

A recent conservation project was undertaken to clean and study two Adam and Eve paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, part of the extensive collection at the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena. The ambitious and painstaking restoration, which took over two-and-a-half years, provided scholars and experts with a rare opportunity to investigate how Cranach produced such large panel paintings and the technique behind his sinuous painting style.

In this program the experts involved in the multi-year conservation project will discuss the fascinating challenges they faced and their solutions, along with the surprising findings that reveal how this leading Renaissance painter created his life-size images.

The conversation will take place in two parts: conservators and curators will focus on the first phase of the project, cleaning Adam and Eve, and share insights into Cranach’s painting technique.

Following a refreshments break, specialists in wood panel conservation, and conservation scientists from the Getty Conservation Institute, will discuss the intricate structural restoration and highlights from the scientific study.

After the presentation, speakers will be on hand in the exhibition hall to answer questions. This program complements the exhibition Conserving Eden: Cranach’s Adam and Eve from the Norton Simon Museum of Art on view in the Museum (North Pavilion: Gallery N204) from January 23 – April 21, 2024.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.



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