Film series: Restoring Artemisia Gentileschi's Self Portrait

Go behind the scenes in Conservation to learn about the restoration of an exciting new acquisition – a recently discovered self portrait by the most celebrated female artist of the Italian Baroque, Artemisia Gentileschi

Starting the restoration of Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait' (2:28)

Larry Keith, our Head of Conservation and Keeper, explains the steps we take to restore our paintings:

Cleaning Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait' (5:44)

What have we found so far during restoration? Larry Keith explains how the painting's appearance is changing as old varnishes are removed:

"It's such a 17th century thing to do" (2:23)

Larry Keith talks with Letizia Treves, the James and Sarah Sassoon Curator of Later Italian, Spanish, and French 17th-Century Paintings, about the process of  cleaning the painting: 

This conservation treatment was made possible with Art Fund support.

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