Just microns below the visible surface of Old Master Paintings lays a wealth of information about the artwork. Hidden layers may contain an underdrawing, underpainting or compositional alterations. Painters frequently re-used canvases and panels, and therefore, painted a new picture on top of an existing one. There, a look through the paint layers offers a look over the painters shoulder. This is of interest in conservation issues and questions of attribution. In this contribution Prof. Dik will focus on the development of novel, non-destructive imaging techniques -notably XRF elemental scanning- to study the substructure of historical paintings. Examples will be drawn from the oeuvre of Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, where the objects' substructures offer exciting new insights in the artworks' genesis and attribution.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||AAAS 2014: Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science - Chicago, United States|
Duration: 13 Feb 2014 → 17 Feb 2014
|Conference||AAAS 2014: Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science|
|Period||13/02/14 → 17/02/14|