The Bowes Museum

Conservation of an Important Pacheco Painting

The conservation of ‘The Last Communion of Saint Raymond Nonnatus’, 1611 by Francisco Pacheco. A significant work to the history of Spanish painting, once conserved, this painting will be an important addition to the Museum's important Spanish collection and newly refurbished picture galleries.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

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The painting has extensive areas of paint loss and abraded paint which require filling and retouching. In April 2008 Jon Old, Senior Conservator travelled to Seville to examine two of Pacheco’s paintings from the same series. His research will assist in developing a coherent and ethical approach to retouching that will be discussed and agreed between curators and conservators. Retouching the painting will unify the composition and help viewers to understand and enjoy the work.


Once conserved, this painting will be an important addition to the Museum's newly refurbished picture galleries. The Museum is also planning to hold a large exhibition of Spanish paintings in 2014 to mark the bicentenary of the arrival of Velazquez's ‘Rokeby Venus’ in Teesdale. It will provide as centrepiece for the exhibition exploring Velazquez's relationship with Pacheco and Teesdale's role in the discovery and appreciation of Spanish art in Britain.