Vincent van Gogh, (Dutch 1853-1890), Untitled, Still Life: Ginger Pot and Onions, 1885, oil on canvas, 34.5 x 49.5 cm, Gift of Herman Levy, Esq., O.B.E., 1984

The Unvarnished Truth Continues Until November 27

The Unvarnished Truth brings together discoveries made by an international team of nearly 30 researchers―scholars of applied radiation sciences, anthropology, art history, biomedical engineering, as well as conservators, conservation scientists, forensic art historians, and curators―who worked together to examine nine historical paintings from the collections of the McMaster Museum of Art including our works by Van Gogh, Van der Neer and Jawlensky.  In addition to the touring exhibition, this research project includes a publication, a website, and a series of public events.

The Unvarnished Truth was conceived by Brandi Lee MacDonald at McMaster University in 2010 as a series of conversations about the potential for non-destructive techniques to analyze works of art, and quickly evolved to become a multidisciplinary, collaborative study. Initial research questions on themes including painting technique, materials, attribution, connoisseurship, and stability, led to even more interesting questions. The result is a series of unique narratives not only about the paintings but also about the research process itself.

The complementary website, to launch at, will allow everyone to see the research, zoom in on high resolution details, and explore beneath the surface of the paint. See layers revealed only by IRR, Xray, RTI and UV analysis as well as researchers’ notes.

Gallery Hours & Admission

1080 Keewatin Street

Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

P.O. Box 10193

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Galleries & The Gallery Store hours:

Tuesday to Thursday:
noon - 8pm

Friday to Sunday: noon - 5pm

Office Hours:
Mon – Fri - 9am – 5pm

(suggested $5 including hst)

Children (under 12): FREE

Gallery Members: FREE

Admission free Wednesdays is sponsored by the John Andrews Foundation

Tel: 807 577 6427

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