Tempera painting
between 1800 and 1950

International Conference

Munich, 15--17 March 2018

sponsored by VolkswagenStiftung


We announce the conference >Tempera painting between 1800 and 1950. Experiments and innovations from the Nazarene movement to abstract art< which will take place from 15–17 March 2018 at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. The conference will offer a vivid platform to explore the revival of tempera painting between 1800 and 1950 from the perspectives of art history, technical art history, conservation and sciencific analysis.

The conference was initiated by the ‘Tempera Group’. Several parallel research projects at different institutions with varying, interdisciplinary approaches to the subject ‘tempera painting around 1900’ were under way when in 2010 Karoline Beltinger (Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, SIK-ISEA, Zurich) and Dr. Jilleen Nadolny (Art Analysis and Research, London) convened an informal international working group. The objective was to stimulate knowledge exchange between individual researchers. Between 2010 and 2013, the ‘Tempera Group’ gathered for four informal meetings of around 20 researchers, working in the fields of art conservation, art history, science and technical art history. As a preliminary result of this constructive exchange, a book comprising articles by the individual group members was published in September 2016. With our conference we want to make the profound knowledge of the ‘Tempera Group’ accessible to the broad professional public, open up a dialogue with other researchers and widen the scope of examination.

In the 19th century, the defining feature of tempera paints was their water-miscibility – a characteristic that clearly separated them from oil paints. In the first half of the 20th century, this use of the term was extended by some scholars and artists to every mixture of aqueous and non-aqueous binding media.