In the seventeenth century the Willem Van de Veldes, father and son, worked together as marine draftsmen for the Dutch government and the English Court, leaving one of the largest legacies of drawings from the Dutch Golden Age. They drew at sea and in the studio, combining traditional drawing methods with inventive innovations to create the final commissioned works on panel and canvas. The drawing process became a means to understand the sequence of events in a battle at sea, the anatomy and movement of ships, and a study on perspective and natural elements. The National Maritime Museum, who holds the largest collection of drawings by the artists (over 1400), is currently embarked on a two-year conservation and research project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation exploring the materials and techniques used in van de Velde drawings. Technical research presented in this seminar aims to provide a deeper understanding of the making, purpose and authorship of these drawings. Additionally, expert contributions from curators, scientists and conservators, will further explore the use of drawings in the wider context of seventeenth century marine art. The seminar coincides with the monographic exhibition van de Velde drawings: reflecting on artist’s studio practices and conservation (1st September- 30th November), and the van de Velde paintings rehang, both held at the Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich.
In addition to the seminar, Dr. Jacob Thomas will be running two half-day workshops on micro-fading testing on the 6th September, at 10.00 and 14.00. The workshops are free to those who have attended the seminar. Please note there is limited capacity for these two workshops (maximum 10 per workshop).
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