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Conservator talk - July Masterpiece of the Month

A woman at her toilet by Jan Steen
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The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
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Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

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  • The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
  • Friday, 30 Jul 2021
  • 12pm and 3pm
  • Included in standard admission ticket
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The painting is an outstanding example of Jan Steen’s art in all respects. The elaborate treatment of subject-matter reveals a profusion of references that would have been readily recognisable to his contemporaries, attesting to the painter’s

A Woman at her Toilet ©

Join paintings conservator Claire Shepherd for a 20 minute talk about Jan Steen's A Woman at Her Toilet. The painting was the voted by newsletter subscribers and social media followers as their favourite painting in our June Masterpiece of the Month poll.

From fabric to flesh to fur, Steen’s exquisite brushwork creates the illusion of different textures and sumptuous materials – but how did he do it? Take a look beneath the surface of the painting with Claire, and explore how a masterpiece is made.

Choose next month's topic

Vote for your favourite animal-themed painting from the exhibition which will be the focus of August's talk, you can also look out for our poll in July on Twitter and Instagram

Warden Short Talks

Short talks from the warden team also take place at 12pm and 3pm each day in the Gallery. The topics vary each day, including insights and details about a particular painting, or looking more widely at an artist. 

More about the painting

Jan Steen (Leiden 1626-Leiden 1679)

A Woman at her Toilet Signed and dated 1663