This international symposium, organized by the Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, will provide a forum for conservators, restorers, conservation scientists, curators, and art historians to consider the historical, scientific, and practical aspects of the structural conservation of panel paintings. It will be held April 24-28, 1995, at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu.

Since the conservation of wooden substrates in paintings has not been dealt with in an international conference in over fifteen years, this symposium will be an important opportunity to hear about recent advances in technical research. Participants will also consider the history of panel manufacture and of techniques for stabilization. A particular aim of the symposium is to encourage an exchange of ideas and experiences on the practical aspects of structural conservation in order to better understand the rationale behind various approaches to stabilization.