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Artemisia Gentileschi's Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria was one of the most exciting additions to the collection, when it was acquired in 2018. 

Before it went on display, the painting underwent conservation. Each stage of the treatment was documented and discussed in a series of short films, led by our Head of Conservation, Larry Keith, and colleagues in Curatorial, Conservation and Framing: 

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Learn more about Artemisia's Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria and zoom into the painting in detail. 

Here is how the painting appeared when it first came to the Gallery, and how it looks after conservation:

Image: Before and after conservation treatment in 2018: Artemisia Gentileschi, 'Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria', about 1615–17

The conservation treatment was made possible by Art Fund support.

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