Yale center presents annual student-curated exhibition

"A Lady and Her Two Children," 1624, Paul Mellon Collection, Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art’s sixth annual “Art in Focus” exhibition — curated by undergraduates in the center’s Yale Student Guide program — will open on Friday, April 13.

 “Gazes Returned: The Technical Examination of Early English Panel Painting” will explore Tudor painting techniques and analyze the condition of key panel paintings, the earliest works in the center’s collection, which are painted in oil on wood. The show also represents the first stage of an international research project devoted to the study of early English panel paintings conducted by the center in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, London.

In the “Art in Focus” exhibition, works will be examined using a variety of analytical techniques of modern conservation practice, such as x-radiography and infrared reflectography, x-ray fluorescence, and polarizing light microscopy. Student curators use these techniques to determine each work’s material make-up, technique of fabrication, and subsequent physical history. Issues that affect a painting’s cosmetic appearance and art historical interpretation also will be explored with a variety of didactic material.

The student curators of the exhibition are Hannah Flato ’14, Ilana Harris-Babou ’13, Yidan Li ’14, and Yuxiu Zhong ’12. Students worked under the guidance of Mark Aronson, chief conservator; Jessica David, assistant paintings conservator; Linda Friedlaender, curator of education; and Jessica Dilworth, museum educator.

The exhibition — which will be on display through July 29 — will open with talks by the student guides on Friday, April 13, at 4 p.m. A reception will follow. Tours of the show will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, at 2 p.m.

Visit the center’s website for hours and directions. Admission is free.

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