I have been spending my third year as a paintings fellow in the Winterthur/ University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) as the Fulbright/American Friends of the Mauritshuis intern at the Mauritshuis in Den Haag, Netherlands. In addition to my treatments at the Mauritshuis, as part of the Fulbright award, I have been fortunate to attend additional classes and workshops at the conservation department of the University of Amsterdam. Located next to the Dutch Parliament buildings, the Mauritshuis houses some of the best Dutch 17th-century paintings, which include Fabritius's The Goldfinch, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp.
During my time in the Netherlands, my treatments have been supervised by Sabrina Meloni, Paintings Conservator at the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, and my research by Dr. Maartje Stols-Witlox, Associate Professor Paintings Conservation at the University of Amsterdam.
One of my major treatments was conducting a full technical study and aesthetic treatment of a newly acquired still life painting by Simon Luttichuys (1610-1661), Still Life with a Lidded Vase, Hazelnuts, and an Orange. The painting was examined and treated for it to be hung in the galleries and to be featured in the upcoming Still Life Catalogue. The technical analysis aimed to understand more about the materials and techniques used by the artist.