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Sara Grinzato provided a comprehensive overview of art conservation using Venice, her workplace. The presentation is well organized for lay people and covers many concrete examples using revealing photos. She was able to answer expert as well as non-expert questions. The presentation was eye-opening regarding the challenges and resources that are involved behind the scenes.
If this topic interests you, don't hesitate to sign up. This was truly a detailed, inside look at the causes of deterioration and damage to Renaissance art in Venice, at the restoration methods, with before and after comparisons. Sara Grinzato is a lovely, professional, deeply knowledgeable expert. The slides were also excellent.
I loved every minute of Sara Grinzato's lecture on Art Conservation. This was a fabulous lecture! Not only was it fascinating, but Grinzato accomplished something which is darned difficult to do, let alone do so well: she struck the perfect balance between obscure facts, little-known methods, and general understanding. By so doing she made me as a listener comfortable with a world which I know exists, but into which I've had no entré, till now. As well, Grinzato is the rare lecturer who is able to delineate and to synthesize in a way that pulls her listeners along without pandering one moment to our own minimal knowledge of her field. Her presentation style is lively and clear. I loved every minute.
This was a very interesting seminar. Having a chance to see what the process is for restoring these old paintings, sculptures really is, gives me new insight into how this art survives and is preserved. Traveling to Italy often and looking at the gorgeous works of art, I have wished I knew more about the "behind the scenes" work of conservation and restoration! Now I know more.
Sara is one of the two MOST EXCEPTIONAL speakers for Context. She is well organized and an expert on her subject. I learned a lot and look forward to another of her talks.