Lecture: Moving Magnificence

August 23 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

For those interested in the logistical side of things, then this is a lecture for you! The Institute of Conservation (ICON) are hosting a lecture on 30th September 2021 entitled Moving Magnificence: An Introduction to Packing and Transporting Art in Centuries Past.

According to the talk's blurb:

This talk gives an overview of the how and why art travelled, from the 13th to the 20th centuries; paintings, textiles, as well as smaller items. 

It looks at, not just at the basic reasons why it travelled within historical contexts, but also the problems and solutions inherent in the size of objects on the move, the personnel that did the actual wrapping and packing of the art, the methods of wrapping and packing themselves and the logistics given the politics at certain periods in history. It also looks at insurance in a historical context, as well as the state of the roads over which the art was in transit. The use of primary sources moves the subject from myth to reality.

The lecture will be broadcast at 7pm (BST) and will cost £6 for non-members.

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