Sophie Scully is an assistant painting conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She joined the Department of Paintings Conservation as a post-graduate intern in 2012, going on to be an Annette de la Renta fellow and a Research Scholar before joining the staff in 2017. She works primarily on Old Master paintings with a focus on early Northern paintings; as part of this work she contributes the technical text to the online catalogue of the Early Netherlandish collection. She received her BA in art from Williams College, and an MA in art history and an advanced certificate in conservation from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts in 2013.
Each entry in this catalogue includes a technical summary, which documents the materials and techniques used by the artists in the creation of the paintings, as well as any changes and any documented treatments. These summaries are based on the contents of examination reports, treatment reports, analytical reports, and technical images compiled by a number of different contributors. The majority of the examination reports and technical summaries in the first edition of the online catalogue were prepared by Annette Rupprecht. Technical summaries prepared for the second and third (current) editions of catalogue were written by Joanna Dunn, Kristin deGhetaldi, Sophie Scully, and Gerrit Albertson. The current edition of the catalogue cites these authors’ contributions in the respective summaries.