Project information

Conservation of an Important Pacheco Painting

The conservation of ‘The Last Communion of Saint Raymond Nonnatus’, 1611 by Francisco Pacheco. A significant work to the history of Spanish painting, once conserved, this painting will be an important addition to the Museum's important Spanish collection and newly refurbished picture galleries.

approximately 700 hours

Charity information: The Bowes Museum

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  • Need

    Need

    The painting has extensive areas of paint loss and abraded paint which require filling and retouching. In April 2008 Jon Old, Senior Conservator travelled to Seville to examine two of Pacheco’s paintings from the same series. His research will assist in developing a coherent and ethical approach to retouching that will be discussed and agreed between curators and conservators. Retouching the painting will unify the composition and help viewers to understand and enjoy the work.

    Solution

    Once conserved, this painting will be an important addition to the Museum's newly refurbished picture galleries. The Museum is also planning to hold a large exhibition of Spanish paintings in 2014 to mark the bicentenary of the arrival of Velazquez's ‘Rokeby Venus’ in Teesdale. It will provide as centrepiece for the exhibition exploring Velazquez's relationship with Pacheco and Teesdale's role in the discovery and appreciation of Spanish art in Britain.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Research and technical analysis of the painting.

    Activities

    » To be discussed between our Senior Conservator Jon Old, curators and conservators to provide a greater understanding of Pacheco's techniques.

    Will develop a coherent and ethical approach to the retouching, discussed and agreed between curators and conservators.


    Aim 2

    The retouching.

    Activities

    » It is estimated that the retouching will take approximately 700 hours. The work would be undertaken by an external conservator overseen by Jon Old.

    To unify the composition and help viewers to understand and enjoy the work.


  • Impact

    Impact

    This project will enable this rare and important work to go on public display for the first time since it was donated to the collection in 1964.

    Risk

    If the Museum did not obtain sufficient funding to continue the project this wonderful masterpiece would remain in storage rather than in its rightful place in the grand suite of picture galleries alongside its contemporaries.

    Reporting

    A progress report with photographs on how the project is developing will be created. In addition to this Jon Old could hold conservation workshops on the technical procedures and development of the project for those who would like to attend.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,250

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,250 hours conservator per hour and materials

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Friends of the Bowes Museum £2,000 Guaranteed
    The Mercer’s Company £7,500 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The project will take place in the conservation studio at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. The Museum is a stunning piece of French-inspired architecture containing one of the country’s most remarkable collections of fine and decorative arts, which have been compared with those of the Wallce Collection. They span the 14th to 19th centuries and include paintings, ceramics, textiles and furniture. It houses one of the largest collections of Spanish paintings in Britain.

    Beneficiaries

    The project will enable this rare and important work to go on public display for the first time since it was donated to the collection in 1964. It will be enjoyed by the visitors at the Museum and will enhance the fine collection of Spanish paintings. The Bowes is developing an arena for international research in partnership with Universities, the improvement of the collections will mean that it can provide better exhibitions and interpretation of the collections to help engage new audiences.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a highly specialised team of conservators at the Museum led by Jon Old, Senior Conservator who has over 20 years of experience of easel conservation. Jon manages projects to ensure the integrity of the object is maintained throughout the conservation process. In April 2008 he travelled to Seville to examine two of Pacheco’s paintings from the same series, this research will assist in developing a coherent and ethical approach to the retouching and ensure the highest standards are upheld.

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    People

    Jon Old, Senior Conservator At The Museum

    His role will be to research and do a technical analysis of the painting prior to beginning the retouching which will take approximately 700 hours.

The Last Communion of Saint Raymond Nonnatus

The Last Communion of Saint Raymond Nonnatus