The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation. 

Established in 2012 with a munificent endowment to The Courtauld from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation of Hong Kong, the Centre reflects the Ho Foundation’s express interests in promoting education in the arts, and in encouraging cross-cultural understanding and the preservation of the Buddhist cultural heritage. The Centre builds on the research, conservation and teaching in Asia—in Bhutan, China and India—by The Courtauld’s Conservation of Wall Painting Department, and also The Courtauld’s expansion beyond the Western art tradition in its art-historical teaching.

A major role of the Centre focuses on the MA in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation. Recognising the global significance of the vast cultural heritage of Buddhism, this innovative MA combines, for the first time, the separate studies of Buddhism, Buddhist art and its conservation. Taught by a wide range of specialists, the multidisciplinary course will advance understanding and scholarship of what objects mean, how they are made, used and deteriorate, and foster appreciation of their significance and need for preservation.

In announcing the MA, Robert Y. C. Ho, Chairman of the Ho Family Foundation, remarked, ‘Until now, Buddhism and Buddhist art and its conservation have been studied separately. We are delighted to support the integration of these fields in a new program that will impact not only on academia but on the preservation of irreplaceable treasures around the world, treasures we see disappearing on a daily basis.’

Other activities of the Centre include conferences and public lectures, of which a forerunner was The Buddhist Art Forum  held at The Courtauld from 11 to 14 April 2012.  

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Pigments Chemical Compounds
Imaging techniques Chemical Compounds
Chemical analysis Chemical Compounds
Derivatives Engineering & Materials Science
Afghanistan Arts & Humanities
Antiquity Arts & Humanities
National Museum Arts & Humanities
Xanthones Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 2013 2017

Optical and theoretical investigation of Indian yellow

Martin de Fonjaudran, C., Acocella, A., Accorsi, G., Tamburini, D., Verri, G., Rava, A., Whittaker, S., Zerbetto, F. & Saunders, D. May 2017 In : Dyes and Pigments. 144, p. 234–241

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Imaging techniques
Chemical analysis

'Infrared reflectography of the Mughal painting Princes of the House of Timur'

Parodi, L. & Verri, G. 2016 In : Journal of Islamic Manuscripts. 7, 1, p. 36-65

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Organic Materials in Wall Paintings

Piqué , F. & Verri, G. 2015 Los Angeles : Getty Conservation Institute .

Research output: ResearchBook

Open Access