Meet the Fellows of the Department of Paintings Conservation
Kristin Holder is a second-year fellow in the Department of Paintings Conservation training in the structural conservation of panel paintings. In 2021 she received an MS in the Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works and an MA in Art History from the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. During her graduate studies, she completed internships at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) in Maastricht, Netherlands, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, Kristin was the Interim Head of the Department of Prints, Drawings, and European Paintings at the Blanton Museum of Art at UT Austin and a Museum Technician in Paintings Conservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Derek Lintala is a recent graduate of the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He completed his capstone internship in the Painting Conservation Department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. During his coursework, Derek served as an extern in the frame conservation studio at the Met and worked as a lab assistant in the Department of Scientific Research at Sotheby’s auction house. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a fine art and antique packing technician for several years. He completed his undergraduate studies in Art History and Studio Art at Boston College. Throughout his undergraduate years, he interned in the Conservation Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Current Methods in the Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings
During her 2022-23 Fellowship, Kristin is furthering her training and skills in the structural conservation of panel paintings. Her projects will include treatment of a very large 16th century oil painting on oak panel (An Allegory of the Tudor Succession: The Family of Henry VIII from the Yale Center for British Art, acc. No. B1974.3.7) and a 15th century oil painting on poplar (Madonna and Child by Bartolomeo Vivarini from the Walters Art Museum, acc. No. 37.1218). The fellowship will also involve preparing panel paintings for loan, performing minor structural repairs on canvas and panel paintings, as well as frames, in the Met’s collection, and researching and developing a dichotomous key for the identification of wood species found in panel paintings from Europe.
Treatment and Technical Study of a Whole-Length Portrait by John Hoppner
In preparation for the reopening of the European Paintings galleries, Derek’s primary research focuses on the treatment and technical study of John Hoppner’s portrait of Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan (née Hester Jane Ogle) and her son, Charles. This whole-length portrait, measuring approximately 94” x 59,” was created sometime between Charles’ birth in 1796 and the picture’s display at the Royal Academy in 1797. Despite the elevated social status of the sitters, they are depicted in a romanticized rural setting. This practice was made fashionable by the “fancy pictures” of earlier prominent portrait painters like Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds, of whom Hoppner was a follower. Currently, the discolored and toned varnish applied in a past restoration masks the color relationships and energetic brushwork of the picture: a feature of Hoppner’s work that helped to build his reputation as a fashionable portraitist. In addition to a dramatic cleaning, it is hoped that this treatment will yield further insight into the technical eccentricities of British society portraiture. The project will build upon knowledge of British portraiture that Derek gained during his final year of coursework at NYU.
Sara Kornhauser was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservation Fellowship. She worked primarily on paintings in the Modern and Contemporary Art collection. Her main fellowship project was the research and treatment of Nijinsky, 1950, by Franz Kline, which is a complex composition painted on a reused canvas. For this project, Sara developed and carried out a treatment to reverse a past, unsuccessful restoration campaign done in the 1960s.
Kristin Holder was awarded a Met-Getty Research Scholarship in Paintings Conservation. She focused mostly on the structural conservation of panel paintings but also had opportunities to work on large paintings on canvas and to perform minor frame treatments. The complex treatment of a large gold ground painting from a sixteenth-century Sienese altarpiece utilized recent techniques and materials in the structural conservation of panel paintings. Kristin’s technical study of wooden supports helped to inform panel paintings being studied and treated in the studio, and her interest in evidence of hardware in painting resulted in a paper that will be published in the Proceedings from the 2022 Andrew Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference.