Research Team, Publications, Collaboration and Funding

Research Team and Collaboration

The project is lead by Dr Tarnya Cooper, Sixteenth Century Curator working with Sophie Plender in our Conservation department. The project team includes a body of scientists, independent painting conservators, art historians and other academics who will provide advice on the methodology and assist with the interpretation of results throughout the course of the project. Our advisory body includes specialist staff at the National Gallery, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the University of Sussex, University College London and the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), Amsterdam.

Research team and Publications


The total cost of the project will be over £500,000 over 7 years. We are now in the fifth year of the project and have examined over 100 paintings.

The Gallery has committed £100,000 to the project and we have received over £250,000 in donations and grants so far. Further contributions at all levels are still sought from individuals, companies, trusts and foundations to go towards the end of project display and publication.

If you would like to support the project, request further details or arrange a meeting, please contact Susie Holden or Catherine Yexley.

We are grateful to the following charitable trusts, foundations and organisations for supporting this project:

Arts and Humanities Research Council
The British Academy
The John S Cohen Foundation
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The Idlewild Trust
The Leche Trust
The Leverhulme Trust
PF Charitable Trust
The Märit and Hans Rausing Charitable Foundation
The Mercers' Company
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Foundation