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Painting as an Artist, Painting as a Conservator

  • Monday, March 9, 2020
  • 1:10 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall

Dina Anchin's studio. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Dina Anchin, artist; and associate conservator of paintings, National Gallery of Art, in conversation with Alexandra Libby, assistant curator of northern European paintings, National Gallery of Art

Dina Anchin started painting Dutch still lifes while she was training to be a conservator at a Dutch art museum in the Netherlands. Inspired by the techniques of the Dutch old masters, she embarked on a new phase of her artistic career. Today she works in a variety of media including oil paint, graphite, and watercolor, painting still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. After conserving paintings for the National Gallery of Art during her workdays, she spends her weekends at her easel, applying old master painting techniques to create something new of her own.

In this conversation program, Dina Anchin and Alexandra Libby discuss how the study of old master paintings can influence an artist and how, in turn, working as an artist can influence a conservator.