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Welcome to all Icon members from the Committee of the Icon Paintings Group. We have a regular programme of conferences and meetings spread throughout the year to which all members of Icon and the wider public are warmly invited.


‘Appearance and Reality: Examining Colour Change in Paintings’
Icon Paintings Group Conference, 9th October 2015

Venue: The Clore Gallery, Tate Britain

Changes in colour may completely alter the way we see a painting. From blue leaves in a still life, to the blue walls in Van Gogh’s bedroom, our perception of a painting can be informed by an understanding of these changes. When conserving paintings our comprehension of these alterations can influence the way we display and restore them.  This conference aims to provide an overview of colour change in paintings, from the work of the old masters to modern and contemporary painters. It will also address the aesthetic considerations related to these changes when approaching conservation treatments and how understanding these variations can influence the restoration and presentation of paintings.

The conference will cover various aspects of colour change in paintings and historic and modern pigments, including: Colour change in old master paintings (Marika Spring, The National Gallery, London), Restoration of paintings with colour change (Larry Keith, National Gallery, London), Fading of Prussian blue in Danish golden age paintings (Jørgen Wadum, National Museum of Denmark), Colour change in Van Gogh (Ella Hendricks, University of Amsterdam), Rothko virtual restoration project at Harvard (Jens Stenger, Yale), Colour change in modern pigments, (Bronwyn Ormsby, Tate),  Micro-fading: applications for paintings (Joyce Townsend, Tate) and Light and fading: Incandescent and LED (Joseph Padfield, National Gallery).

Evening Reception

Afterwards we will be holding an evening reception from 5.30-7pm in The Clore Gallery. Two free drinks vouchers (wine or soft drinks) will be included in the delegate packs and are included in the ticket price.


Registration for this event is now open - book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets prices are: members £75; non-members £95; student members £45, student non-members £65. Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments (not at registration).

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite by Clicking Here.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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