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María Castañeda-Delgado


Thesis Title 



MA - Art History


Dr. Kristina Huneault

Research Interests

  • Art Conservation History and Theory
  • New Materialisms
  • Heritage
  • Technical Art History
  • Novohispano art
  • Mexican modernism 


MA Art History student at Concordia University. Recipient of the Concordia Merit Scholarship. Under the supervision of Dr. Kristina Huneault, María is researching the potential of new materialism as a framework to think philosophical issues around art conservation.

María holds a BA with honours in Cultural Heritage Conservation from the Escuela de Conservación y Restauración de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico. She interned at the conservation department of the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City. In 2014 she completed a semester on Diagnostics and Materials for Conservation and Restoration at the University of Florence, Italy, where she also completed a stage at the Faculty of Chemistry Ugo Schiff on nanomaterials and hydrogels applied to conservation.

In 2015, María directed the conservation of Mathias Goeritz's Vía Láctea (1968-70) at the Instituto Cultural Cabañas in Guadalajara. That same year, María worked as a teacher at the School of Arts of the Secretaria de Cultura de Jalisco giving a survey course on Conservation History and Theory. Between 2015 and 2016, she developed professionally in technical art history at the Laboratorio de Análisis y Diagnóstico del Patrimonio in La Piedad, Mexico, working in the development of non-invasive techniques for pigment identification. She completed a research stay in 2016 at the Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, L’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile in Rome.

In Canada, she has worked at the City of Ottawa Archives in 2017 and in 2018 as a paper conservator; in 2018 at Library and Archives Canada as a book conservator. In 2019, her research on "Indigo in Novohispano Easel Paintings: Deterioration Mechanisms" was published in the journal Intervención.

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