Giovanna

Is a curator – restorer at International Platform for Art Research and Conservation (IPARC). After her training as a master in conservation and restoration of paintings at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, she worked at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Subsequently, she worked for the Royal Institute for Art Heritage in Brussels. Here she carried out the restoration and a material technical investigation on a self-portrait of the Belgian artist, Constant Permeke. At IPARC she specializes in old masters and participated in the ambitious restoration campaign of 41 paintings from the Carolus Borromeus church in Antwerp.

Research and restoration of ‘Self-portrait’, Permeke, 1928-1936, Oostende, MuZee

Although I looked up at the expressionist artists in 1936, I was already able to see with my own eyes how quickly their work was materially lost. I am reminded of the many cracks of Philibert Cockx’s over-applied crunch, the browns of Permeke, etc. RenĂ© Smits in Flanders Magazine, 1983 The painting that was restored […]

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