Noëlle Lynn Wenger Streeton

Associate Professor - Conservation
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Areas of teaching, supervision and research

Conservation; historical painting practices; chemistry of artists’ materials; history, theory and ethics of conservation; material culture; late-medieval social history; politics of cultural heritage 

Background

Noëlle Streeton is a conservator, specializing in historical painting technology and northern European material culture from the medieval period.
 
BA 1993 University of Chicago, The College (focus: history of art/cultural history)
MA 2003 University College London, Institute of Archaeology. Dissertation: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: Materials, Treatment Histories and the Consequences of Conservation
PhD 2011 University College London, Department of History of Art/Material Studies. Dissertation: Painting in Bruges in the Early Fifteenth Century: Investigations of the Technique of Jan van Eyck and Imported Artists’ Materials, Leading to an Evaluation of Methods for Technical Art History. Supervision: Libby Sheldon (UCL), with Clifford Price (UCL) and James Bolton (Queen Mary, University of London)
 
Noëlle studied chemistry, then history of art/cultural history at the University of Chicago; and went on to work at the Art Institute of Chicago and Sotheby’s in London (1994‒98). She undertook an apprenticeship in object restoration near Brussels (1998‒2001) followed by conservation studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL). Her PhD research, based in the Department of History of Art/Material Studies, UCL, explored the interface between the history of conservation research devoted to paintings, the place of Jan van Eyck's painting practices within this, and the trade in artists' materials couched in the economic history of the Burgundian Netherlands. During MA and PhD research periods, she was Managing Editor of the IIC journal Reviews in Conservation (2002‒2007).
 
She has been Associate Professor of Conservation at the University of Oslo since 2010 and is Principal Investigator for the project 'After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway'. The project is funded with NOK 9 million from the Research Council of Norway (2014‒2018).
 
Tags: Conservation, Cultural Heritage, Painting, Art Technology, Material Culture, Theory, Middle Ages, Scandinavia, Social History, Church History

Publications

Selected publications

Caruso, F., Mantellato, S., Streeton, N.L.W. & Frøysaker, T. 2019. Unveiling Harriet Backer: ICP-OES study for the characterisation of the colour tubes from her original paint box. Heritage Science 7: 1-23. DOI: 10.1186/s40494-018-0244-8. Open Access: https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1186/s40494-018-0244-8?author_access_token=P9DaqFCMx5U6tZSnE4F2_G_BpE1tBhCbnbw3BuzI2ROPhlAZg8HCXE0-Zr1MwM6x85Ij5lsag_n1m_b6LZBkpmYxmq7EDMDpq3_-iWi4v48QlMrgNQKXPU_3Lz74zlIir43gcJXXL9GlRRY5E7D2WA%3D%3D

Streeton, N.L.W. 2018. Perspectives (Old and New) on Late Medieval Church Art in Norway:Questioning the Hegemony of Lübeck Workshops. Scandinavian Studies 90(1): 50-77. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/701920

4 short articles in Forvandling: Tro og hellige gjenstander i middelalderen / Transformation: Faith and Sacred Objects in the Middle Ages. 2018. Ed. P. Bjerregaard. Trondheim: Museumsforlaget. Menneskebarn / Human Child (Christ child from Åmotsdal Church C26120), pp. 10-13. II. Tre generasjoner / Three Generations (The Virgin and Child with St Anne, C23312), pp. 18-21. III.Tapte relasjoner? / Long-Lost Relations? (Shrine from Bygland, C6113; Altarpiece from Skjervøy, C3000; Shrine doors from Røldal C5067) with A. Daly, E. Platania, A. Vila & D. Buti, pp. 30-43. IV. En pilegrimsreise / A Pilgrimage (Relief from Borre Church, C6131), pp. 48-51. ISBN 9788283050615   

Platania, E., Streeton, N.L.W., Kutzke, H., Karlsson, A., Uggerud, E. & Andersen, N.H. 2018. Infrared, Raman and Computational Study of a Crystalline Mononuclear Copper Complex of relevance to the Pigment Verdigris. Vibrational Spectroscopy 97: 66-74. DOI: 10.1016/j.vibspec.2018.05.004

Daly, A. & Streeton, N.L.W. 2017. Non-invasive dendrochronology of late-medieval objects in Oslo: refinement of a technique and discoveries. Applied Physics A 123:431, 12 pp. Open Access: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00339-017-1019-x?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.ArticleAuthorIncrementalIssue

Streeton, N.L.W. 2017. Decoding damages to late-medieval cult sculpture from Norwegian churches. In Janet Bridgland (ed.), ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen 4-8 September 2017, Linking Past and Future. International Council of Museums, ICOM, Paris. http://icom-cc-publications-online.org/PublicationDetail.aspx?cid=662bcd86-bb75-41fc-9f08-875f3b9d7837   

Sæter, L., Skaaland, T.E.; Stoveland, L.P.; Grønnesby, O. & Streeton, N.L.W. 2017. Visual and technical study of the Kumla altar (c. 1439), Swedish History Museum, Stockholm. In Janet Bridgland (ed.), ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen 4-8 September 2017, Linking Past and Future. International Council of Museums, ICOM, Paris. http://icom-cc-publications-online.org/PublicationDetail.aspx?cid=7d649a0d-5b23-4dd9-9708-cf7013f4c4eb

Streeton, N.L.W. 2016. (Print 2017). Writing Histories for Late-Medieval Objects: The Engagement of Conservation with Theoretical Perspectives on Material Culture. Studies in Conservation. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00393630.2016.1210752

Wadum, J., Curry, C., Streeton, N., Glatigny, J-A. & Goetghebeur, N., eds. 2016. Wooden Supports in 12th-16th Century European Paintings. A New English Commented Translation of Jacqueline Marette's Connaissance des Primitifs par l'étude du bois du XIIe au XVIe siècle. Archetype Publications with CATS, Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation, London and Copenhagen. ISBN: 9781909492301. http://www.wooden-supports-marette.com/

Frøysaker, T., with Streeton, N., Kutzke, H., Hanssen-Bauer, F. & Topalova-Casadiego, B. eds. 2015. Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and His Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges, Archetype Publications, London. ISBN 9781909492387

Streeton, N.L.W. & Kollandsrud, K., eds. 2014. Paint and Piety: Collected Essays on Medieval Painting and Polychrome Sculpture. Archetype Publications, London. ISBN 9781909492103

Streeton, N.L.W. 2014. Emulating van Eyck: the significance of grisaille. In European Paintings 15th-18th Century: Copying, Replicating and Emulating. Ed. E. Hermens, Archetype Publications, London: 29‒35. ISBN 9781909492066

Streeton, N.L.W. 2013. Perspectives on the Painting Technique of Jan van Eyck: Beyond the Ghent Altarpiece. Archetype Publications, London. ISBN 978-1-904982-70-8

Streeton, N. & Wadum, J. 2012. Northern European panel paintings. In Conservation of Easel Paintings. Eds. J. Hill Stoner & R. Rushfield. Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford: 86‒97.

Wadum, J. & Streeton, N., eds. 2012. History and use of panels or other rigid supports for easel paintings’, in Conservation of Easel Paintings. Eds. J. Hill Stoner & R. Rushfield. Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford: 51‒115. ISBN 978-0-7506-8199-5

Recent conference/seminar papers

'New light on lost lustre. Results from the project "After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway"’, presented 21 November 2017 to the IAKH research seminar (UiO).

'Decoding damages to late-medieval cult sculpture from Norwegian churches' (Part II), presented 5 September 2017, ICOM-CC Triennial Conference, Copenhagen.

'After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway. Conservation Research and its implications', presented 11 May 2017, NIKU, Oslo.

'Imitation game: rethinking the links between Lubeck painters and their workshop prototypes', presented 27 January 2017, Schiffahrtsmuseum/Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Schiffahrtsgeschichte/Netzwerk Kunst und Kultur der Hansestädte, Bremerhaven (Germany).

'Decoding damages to late-medieval cult sculpture from Norwegian churches' (Part I), presented 13 October 2016 during the symposium The Cult of Saints in the Archdiocese of Niðaróss in its European Context, University of Oslo. 

'XRF mapping of the altarpiece from Kumla (Historiska museet, Stockholm)', presented 3 May 2016, Kumla Altar Seminar, University of Gothenburg.

Introduction to the forum, War and the Protection of Cultural Heritage, 21 April 2016, The Aula, University of Oslo, organised by Noelle Streeton and Conservation Studies, UiO.

'The making and transformations of the Bygland shrine: a test case for a theoretical framework', presented 4 December 2015 during the research seminar, Matter and Materiality in the Study of Medieval Art, organised by Lena Liepe and Kaja Kollandsrud, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo.

'Making art, circa 1500: refinement and revision of Lübeck attributions for church art in Norway', presented 31 October 2015 during the Conference: Lübeck 1500 - Kunstmetropole im Ostseeraum, Lübeck (Germany).

'Re-shaping ideas about late-medieval church art in Norway', presented 24 September 2015, to the After the Black Death (ABD) project network, ABD annual meeting, Bergen.

'Conservators and the "After the Black Death" project', presented 7 July 2015, Department of Conservation, The Art Institute of Chicago (USA).

'The "After the Black Death" project: early results and Hanseatic enquiries', presented 8 March 2015 during the Hansische Identitäten Conference, 4-7 March, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Greifswald (Germany).

'Reading damage: conservators and the multi-disciplinary project 'After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway', presented 13 November 2014 to the working group for the Corpus Project 'Wooden Medieval Sculptures and Painting in Schleswig-Holstein', Sønderborg Slot, Sønderborg (Denmark).

'After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway. Conservation and its Contemporary Context', presented 15 October 2014 at the symposium Archaeology of the Object: Conservation, Material Culture and the Creation of Historical Knowledge for Pre-Reformation Church Inventories, organized by Noelle Streeton and Tine Frøysaker, Conservation Studies, University of Oslo.

'Writing histories for late-medieval things: the engagement of conservation with theoretical perspectives on material culture', presented 15 October 2014 at the symposium Archaeology of the Object: Conservation, Material Culture and the Creation of Historical Knowledge for Pre-Reformation Church Inventories, organized by Noelle Streeton and Tine Frøysaker, Conservation Studies, University of Oslo.

'After the Black Death project network workshop', presented 17 October 2014 at the symposium Archaeology of the Object: Conservation, Material Culture and the Creation of Historical Knowledge for Pre-Reformation Church Inventories, organized by Noelle Streeton and Tine Frøysaker, Conservation Studies, University of Oslo.

'Transcending the material: writing histories from late-medieval things', presented 2 September 2014 to Collegium Medievale, University of Oslo.

'The implications of interdisciplinarity: conservation research and writing material histories', presented 5 April 2013, Friday seminar, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo.

'Questioning the technical paradigm of the Ghent Altarpiece: Jan van Eyck after 1432', presented 21 September 2012 at the Van Eyck Studies Colloquium (19-21 September), Symposium XVIII for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage and the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives, Brussels.

'Sitting between stools: conservation research between the Humanities and the Physical Sciences', presented 13 September 2012 at the conference Academic Demarcations: Disciplines and Interdisciplinarity (13-14 September), University of Oslo.

'Emulating Jan van Eyck. The significance of grisaille', presented 21 May 2012 at the conference Copying, Replicating and Emulating Paintings in the 15th‒18th Century, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen.

'Gaining intellectual access to late-medieval altarpieces and polychrome sculpture in Norway', presented 26 November 2010 to the Oslo forum: Painting and polychrome sculpture, 1100–1600. Interpretation, Material Histories and Conservation, held at the University of Oslo (organised by Noëlle Streeton, Kaja Kollandsrud and Hildagunn Gullåsen).

‘Importing colour: merchants, painters and the status of imported pigments in the late-medieval North’, presented 18 February 2010 at the conference Revealing Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Makers and Markets 1100–1600, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

 

  • Caruso, Francesco; Mantellato, Sara; Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger & Frøysaker, Tine (2019). Unveiling Harriet Backer: ICP-OES study for the characterisation of the colour tubes from her original paint box. Heritage Science.  ISSN 2050-7445.  7(1), s 1- 23 . doi: 10.1186/s40494-018-0244-8 Show summary
  • Platania, Elena; Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger; Kutzke, Hartmut; Karlsson, Arne; Uggerud, Einar & Andersen, Niels Højmark (2018). Infrared, Raman and Computational Study of a Crystalline Mononuclear Copper Complex of relevance to the Pigment Verdigris. Vibrational Spectroscopy.  ISSN 0924-2031.  97, s 66- 74 . doi: 10.1016/j.vibspec.2018.05.004
  • Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2018). Perspectives (old and new) on late medieval church art in Norway: Questioning the hegemony of Lübeck workshops. Scandinavian Studies.  ISSN 0036-5637.  90(1), s 50- 77 Show summary
  • Aoife, Daly & Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2017). Non-invasive dendrochronology of late-medieval objects in Oslo: refinement of a technique and discoveries. Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing.  ISSN 0947-8396.  123(6) . doi: 10.1007/s00339-017-1019-x Show summary
  • Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2017). Decoding damages to late-medieval cult sculpture from Norwegian churches, In Janet Bridgland (ed.),  ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen 4-8 September 2017, Linking Past and Future.  International Council of Museums, ICOM.  ISBN 978-92-9012-426-9.  Sculpture, Polychromy, and Architectural Decorations. Show summary
  • Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2017). Questioning the technical paradigm of the Ghent Altarpiece, In Currie Christina; Bart Fransen; Valentine Henderiks; Cyril Stroo & Dominique Vanwijnsberghe (ed.),  Van Eyck Studies. Papers Presented at the Eighteenth Symposium for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting, Brussels, 19-21 September 2012.  Peeters Publishers.  ISBN 9789042934153.  Chapter 26.  s 376 - 389
  • Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2017). Writing Histories for Late-Medieval Objects: The Engagement of Conservation with Theoretical Perspectives on Material Culture. Studies in Conservation.  ISSN 0039-3630.  62(7), s 419- 431 . doi: 10.1080/00393630.2016.1210752 Show summary
  • Sæter, Lise; Skaaland, Tor Erik; Stoveland, Lena Porsmo; Grønnesby, Oda & Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2017). Visual and technical study of the Kumla altar (c. 1439), Swedish History Museum, Stockholm, In Janet Bridgland (ed.),  ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen 4-8 September 2017, Linking Past and Future.  International Council of Museums, ICOM.  ISBN 978-92-9012-426-9.  KAPITTEL. Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Hohler, Erla Bergendahl & Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2014). The medieval collection of the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo: a tradition of scholarship, In Noëlle Lynn Wenger Streeton & Kaja Kollandsrud (ed.),  Paint and Piety: Collected Essays on Medieval Painting and Polychrome Sculpture.  Archetype Publications Ltd..  ISBN 9781909492103.  Introduction.  s 3 - 12
  • Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2013). Emulating van Eyck: the significance of grisaille, In Erma Hermens (ed.),  European Paintings 15th-18th Century: Copying, Replicating and Emulating.  Archetype Publications Ltd..  ISBN 9781909492066.  Chapter 2.  s 29 - 35
  • Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger & Wadum, Jørgen (2012). Northern European panel paintings, In Joyce Hill Stoner & Rebecca Anne Rushfield (ed.),  Conservation of Easel Paintings.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780750681995.  Del av kapittel.  s 86 - 97
  • Wadum, Jørgen & Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2012). History and use of panels or other rigid supports for easel paintings, In Joyce Hill Stoner & Rebecca Anne Rushfield (ed.),  Conservation of Easel Paintings.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780750681995.  Kapittel.  s 51 - 115
  • Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2011). Jan van Eyck's Dresden Triptych: new evidence for the Giustiniani of Genoa in the Borromei ledger for Bruges, 1438. Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art.  ISSN 1949-9833.  3(1)
  • Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2008). The impact of the pigment trade on the palette of Jan van Eyck. Object.  ISSN 1464-7230.  10, s 81- 108
  • Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger (2007). The altered picture, In  From Idea to Object - Painting Practices Observed.  University College London.  ISBN 1904800092.  Chapter 3.  s 20 - 24

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