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Curators, conservators and conservation scientists are invited to apply to this traveling seminar devoted to the examination, historic manufacture and scientific study of pastels.
Event details of Exploring the Materiality of Powdered Colors
Start date
25 March 2025
End date
3 April 2025
Marie Fargues, the Painter’s Wife, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1756-1758, Pastel on pieces of parchment, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Funded by the Getty Paper Project and hosted by the University of Amsterdam, this traveling seminar will take place March 25 – April 3, 2025, and will bring together early-to-mid-career museum professionals to address aspects of the making, preservation and scientific study of pastels.

Along with a series of lectures, participants will have an opportunity to visit significant pastel holdings in Amsterdam and Paris, the art materials manufacturer Talens, and the Maison du Pastel, founded in 1720 by Henri Roché, as well as the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation at the national Museum of natural History. Lectures will address the materials and techniques of 18th century pastelists, those of 19th century pastelists, and the scientific techniques used to analyze them. Hand-in-hand with this, participants will have an opportunity to make and experiment with a variety of pastel sticks and fixatives to better understand the visual effects these and other manipulations have on the appearance of the medium.

To apply, please send a CV and brief statement to that summarizes your experience and interest in pastels and how this seminar would benefit your technical examination, research and preservation of pastels. For any questions please contact Emeline Pouyet, Leila Sauvage, and Harriet Stratis at Applications are due on May 1, 2024 and applicants will be notified of their acceptance June 1, 2024.