My name is Moorea Hall-Aquitania and I am a technical art historian based in Amsterdam and Utrecht. I have a BA in Art History and Italian from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and an MA in Technical Art History from the University of Amsterdam.
My research focuses on painting materials and techniques in Italy and the Netherlands from 1500-1700 and the exchange of knowledge and practice between north and south. My masters thesis was entitled “‘The Italian Manner’: Investigating the Use of Colored Grounds in Sixteenth-Century Italy” and explored the conception and use of a new painting technique that would influence painters throughout Italy before moving north to inspire Netherlandish artists such as Rubens and Rembrandt.
I am also a painter specializing in commissions in oil as well as historical reconstructions.
I am currently the Migelien Gerritzen Fellow at the Rijksmuseum, researching the painting techniques of the Utrecht Caravaggisti.