Blog: Conservation

  • All That Glitters is Not Gold

    by Dr Caroline Rae, Caroline Villers Research Fellowship holder, 25 January 2017

    Dr Caroline Rae takes us through a technical examination of jewellery and gold brocade painting in three Jacobean portraits.

    All That Glitters is Not Gold

    Attributed to Adrian Vanson, Lady Agnes Douglas, Countess of Argyll, about 1574 - 1607 (detail).

  • Scottish National Gallery Picture Shock – What a Carry On!

    by Helen Smailes and Lesley Stevenson, 03 August 2016 1 Comments

    A new acquisition by Scottish artist Alexander Carse goes on display following conservation treatment.

    Scottish National Gallery Picture Shock – What a Carry On!

    Detail of our new Alexander Carse painting

  • The Indian Connection: Tilly Kettle’s portrait of David Scott

    by Lucinda Lax, Senior Curator, 30 October 2015

    Lucinda Lax introduces a new acquisition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

    The Indian Connection: Tilly Kettle’s portrait of David Scott

    Tilly Kettle, 'Portrait of David Scott', about 1775 (detail)

  • Framing Lichtenstein

    by Charlotte Park, Conservation Technician, 03 August 2015 4 Comments

    Charlotte Park, Conservation Technician, discusses the recent process of framing some large Lichtenstein screen prints

    Framing Lichtenstein

    Paper conservation technicians working on ‘Reflections on Crash’ (1990). © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2015

  • Edinburgh Angels take flight in Florence

    by Lesley Stevenson, 02 July 2015

    Lesley Stevenson, a paintings conservator at the National Galleries of Scotland, discusses an exciting overseas partnership for 2015: a pair of 15th century Italian angels return to Florence from Edinburgh.

    Edinburgh Angels take flight in Florence

    The Piero di Cosimo paintings being installed at the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

  • Conserving Piero di Cosimo - Progress!

    by Lesley Stevenson, 28 April 2015 2 Comments

    Back in March our Senior Paintings Conservator Lesley Stevenson introduced us to an exciting restoration project taking place in Florence. The Scottish National Gallery's panel by Piero di Cosimo is undergoing conservation treatment and here she gives us an update of what has been happening.

    Conserving Piero di Cosimo - Progress!

    Conservators Lesley Stevenson and Lisa Venerosi Pesciolini, Florence 2015

  • Realigning the stars

    by Keith Morrison, Conservator, 24 April 2015

    Conservator Keith Morrison was part of the team that restored the stars on the ceiling at Portrait Gallery. Here, he tells us how they did it.

    Realigning the stars

    Realigning the stars

  • Conserving Piero di Cosimo

    by Lesley Stevenson, 16 March 2015 4 Comments

    Lesley Stevenson, Senior Paintings Conservator at the National Galleries of Scotland, introduces the Piero di Cosimo conservation project

    Conserving Piero di Cosimo

    Two Censing Angels Holding a Crown

  • A new Raeburn at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

    by Lucinda Lax and Keith Morrison, 02 December 2014

    The Scottish National Portrait Gallery recently acquired a new full-length Raeburn portrait that was still in its original frame. To prepare the painting for display the frame underwent a programme of restoration by frame conservator Keith Morrison. The portrait is now on display in its spectacular frame.

    A new Raeburn at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

    Lady Montgomery, née Helen Graham (detail) by Sir Henry Raeburn