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Photo courtesy of Sam Fogg, London.

Presented in conjunction with Luhring Augustine's exhibition, Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, a one-day conference will be held on Saturday, January 25, 10:30am – 6pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York. The conference, titled Restoring the Past: Destruction, Restoration and Preservation of Medieval Art and Architecture, is inspired by the issues surrounding the efforts to restore the cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris and its treasures, this conference will focus on the past, present, and future of restoration in an attempt to examine the enduring life of Medieval art from its creation in the Middle Ages to today.


Link to exhibition: Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe


The conference is free and open to the public, but advance booking is essential to secure a place. Guests should RSVP to to reserve a seat.


Schedule of Events:

10:20am    Registration

10:40am    Introduction



Chaired by Dr. Jana Gajdošová, Sam Fogg, London


10:50am    Notre-Dame in Paris: Past, Present and Future

                  Dr. Alexandra Gajewski, Burlington Magazine

11:10am    A Lucky Escape? The Preservation of the Painted Interior of St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster Palace

                 Dr. Lloyd de Beer, British Museum, London

11:30am    The treatment of medieval stone sculptures: past and present authenticity

                  Lucretia Kargere, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

11:50am    Discussion

12:05pm    Coffee Break



Chaired by Dr. Charles T. Little, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


12:25pm    Material Consequences of Theft: A Reconstruction of the Life of Christ and the Virgin tapestry at Canterbury Cathedral

                  Dr. Rosamund Garret, Brooks Museum

12:45pm    The Creation and Expulsion Window of Valentin Bousch: Restoration and Research

                  Dr. Timothy B. Husband, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1:25pm      Discussion

1:45pm      Break for Lunch



Chaired by Prof. Susie Nash


3:15pm      Changing practices in the restoration and conservation of Canterbury Cathedral stained glass

                  Prof. Madeline Caviness, Tufts University, Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts

3:35pm      New light for the Black Prince: Recent technical investigations of the tomb effigy in Canterbury Cathedral

                  Dr. Emily Pegues, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

3:55pm      The Recent Restoration of Chartres Cathedral: Decision-making Methods and their Consequences

                  Michele Marincola, New York University, New York

4:15pm      Discussion

4:30pm      Different Perspectives: A panel discussion with Sir Paul Ruddock, Sam Fogg, Griffith Mann and Lucretia Kargere

5:30pm      Conclusive remarks

6:00pm      Drinks and the Opening of Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe at Luhring Augustine