Friends’ Lecture: Behind the Scenes in Conservation at the National Gallery

Thursday 12th September 5.00PM BST


In the year that the National Gallery in London celebrates its bicentenary, we are delighted to welcome Gallery conservator Kristina Mandy, who will take us behind the scenes and discuss a number of recent projects. After a general overview of the restoration process and an introduction to art conservation, Kristina will focus on the recent treatment and technical analysis of paintings by Orazio Gentileschi and the workshop of Sandro Botticelli.

The online talk is a complimentary event for Friends of Art History in Focus only. Click here if you would like to join Friends of Art History in Focus and attend this event.

Kristina Mandy received her postgraduate diploma in Easel Paintings Conservation from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2013. After work experience in Cambridge and Liverpool, she started working for the National Gallery as the Patrick Lindsay Conservation Fellow in 2016, then joined the Conservation Department fully in 2017. Since then, Kristina has been working on old master paintings in the collection by artists including Margarito d’Arezzo, Ludovico Carracci, Guido Reni, Orazio Gentileschi and Adolphe Monticelli.


This is an online, live lecture at 5.00pm (UK time).  Tune in from anywhere in the world to watch or enjoy a recorded version of the lecture which can be accessed afterwards. The event will last approximately one hour.

The lecture will allow Friends to participate and ask questions using webcams and microphones (if you would like to use these) during an informal Q&A and discussion after the lecture.

Further Information

The talk is complimentary and for Friends of Art History in Focus only – we will send log-in details to all Friends a few days in advance of the talk.

Don’t worry, there is no need to RSVP but if you like you can reserve your space online (please note that website bookings require a booking payment of 1p). Just ensure that you are logged into your account in order to book.

A recording will automatically be sent to all Friends of Art History in Focus who could not participate live and made available for an extended period.

Images – Kristina Mandy in the conservation studio; Orazio Gentileschi, The Finding of Moses, 1630s. Copyright – National Gallery, London