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Petria Noble

Head of Paintings Conservation
Amsterdam, Netherlands
As Head of Paintings Conservation at the Rijksmuseum since 2014, Petria has expanded the department, laying more emphasis on research into the materials and techniques of artists' as well as those of conservation. Originally from Australia, Petria Noble carried out her post-graduate studies in art history and conservation at The Institute of Fine Arts of New York University (1988-1992). She interned at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and until September 2014 was Head of paintings conservation at the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague (since 2005) where she had worked since 1996. She was guest researcher for the 'De Mayerne’ research program (2002-2006), specifically working on metal soap related alterations in paint layers. She is a member of the editorial board of Art Matters: International Journal for Technical Art History. Her research interests center on technical investigations of Old Master paintings as a key to understanding artists’ painting techniques and changes in appearance. In the last ten years her primary focus has been technical study of paintings by Rembrandt. Her interests center on the identification and deterioration of paint layers as a key to understanding this (and other) artists’ techniques and changes in appearance.