Case studies

The three case studies selected for this last module aim to bring the concepts investigated during the previous lectures into the practical sphere. Here the historical, artistic and technical study preceding the conservation treatment is applied to specific cases. Claire Shepherd and Marta Melchiorre will present the study on Scipione Pulzone’s Portrait of a Cardinal, a tinned copper painted panel from the collections of the National Gallery (London). Laura Ruggieri will talk about the treatment conducted at the Centre for Conservation and Restoration “La Venaria Reale” on the double-sided painting by Francesco Bassano and workshop from Accademia Carrara (Bergamo), object of her Master’s Degree Thesis project at University of Turin; and last but not least Michelle Vergeer will talk about the use of photogrammetry to document but also to solve exhibition issues related to warped metal supports.

2 hours

Claire Shepherd

Claire joined the Royal Collection as a Paintings Conservator in 2019, having previously worked at the National Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art. She trained at the Courtauld Institute of Art from 2011-14, and was a Caroline Villers Fellow there in 2015-16, where she carried out research on the British 20th century painter Prunella Clough. Since 2021 she has been a Council Co-Chair of the British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers.


Marta Melchiorre

Marta joined the National Gallery Scientific department in 2017, carrying out research into the combined use of MA-XRF scanning and reflectance hyperspectral imaging to investigate paintings. In 2018 she became a permanent member of staff, building on her previous research and specialising in the study of historical painting techniques and materials, as well as the deterioration of pigments. Her background is in conservation science and, after completing a PhD on the conservation of contemporary wall paintings and a post-doc on painting techniques of German polychrome sculptures, she worked as Scientist at the British Museum and Historic Royal Palaces.


Laura Ruggieri

Conservator specialised in easel paintings, sculpture, wooden furniture and contemporary art. Graduated in 2020 from the University of Turin in Venaria Reale with honors, with a thesis on the conservation treatment of a double-sided painting on copper by Francesco Bassano and his school (XVI sec.).Previously Laura graduated in Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in 2012 and acquired the qualification of Restoration Technician of Cultural Heritage at Palazzo Spinelli Institute in Florence in 2014.Over the years she conducted numerous internships both in public institutions and private studios in Italy and abroad including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the CRBMC in Barcelona. Since 2020 she has been working for the Mauve srl company in Venice.


Michelle Vergeer

Michelle Vergeer is a painting conservator who graduated in 2017 from the University of Amsterdam’s programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage. During her training she worked at the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) in Maastricht, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid and the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. After graduating she continued working as a freelancer for both museums and private collectors. In 2019, she worked as an intern in the conservation studios of the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. After returning to the Netherlands she found a job at Studio Redivivus, where she still works.


Technical equipment
  • Computer or tablet
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Speaker or earphones
  • Microphone and webcam