The Conservation of 'La Ghirlandata'

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Visitors to the Guildhall Art Gallery will be familiar with the beautifully compelling painting ‘La Ghirlandata’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but in 2019 the painting was removed from display to undergo a year-long conservation treatment.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was one of the founding members of the Pre‐Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB), arguably the most revolutionary artistic movement of the 19th century. Together with his work after the PRB, he has had a profound impact and lasting influence on visual culture and British art. Painted in 1873, during a particularly turbulent time in Rossetti’s personal life, ‘La Ghirlandata’ is an excellent example of one of his highly distinctive and powerful later works still in the original frame designed by Rossetti himself.

The treatment of both the painting and frame was funded by the Bank of America Art Conservation Project, which provides grants to non-profit museums to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration, including those designated as National Treasures.

Follow the Gallery’s own Conservators as they halt the deterioration of the painting and frame and return this beautiful 19th century masterpiece to the Gallery’s walls.

More information on the conservation of La Ghirlandata is available here.