A Fresh Look: Bruegel’s Wedding Dance at the DIA

Aaron Steele, imaging specialist, and Ellen Hanspach-Bernal, conservator of paintings, both from the DIA’s conservation department will speak about their most recent research on Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Wedding Dance. The presentation will focus on the material history of the painting: how and in which environment the painting was created and how it has changed over time.


Biographical Information:

Aaron Steele has been the Imaging Specialist/Photographer for the Conservation Department at the Detroit Institute of Arts since 2014. He has more than 15 years of experience in cultural heritage, museum, and art conservation imaging. His undergraduate and graduate education was at Indiana University where he focused on Art History, Art Librarianship, and Art Education. Prior to his current position at the DIA, he worked as Associate Photographer at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, as Conservation Dept. Photographer and Imaging Specialist at Indianapolis Museum of Art, and as Photographer for the Lilly Rare Books Library at Indiana University. He has also worked at the Indiana University Art Museum in the curatorial, registrar, and education departments.

Ellen Hanspach-Bernal is a 2006 graduate of the art conservation program at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden. From 2006 to 2009 she was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in painting conservation at the Menil Collection. She has worked for Whitten and Proctor Fine Art Conservation in Houston and for the Conservation Center for the Museums of the City of Erfurt, Thüringen in Germany. In 2015 she returned to the United States to work as Conservator of Paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts.