- Development of new imaging techniques for the study and interpretation of late Rembrandt paintings
- ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference: Building Strong Culture through Conversation: 15-19 September 2014, Melbourne, Australia
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- Building strong culture through conservation: preprints ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference: 17-19 September 2014, Melbourne, Australia
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- Paris: International Council of Museums
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
Recent macro-XRF scanning of Rembrandt’s Selfportrait from 1669 in the Mauritshuis – as part of the ReVisRembrandt project – has revealed significant new information about the pigments and build-up of the painting. The elemental distribution maps make clear that the umber-rich ground plays a very important role in the final appearance of this painting, information that is highly relevant for the study of this self-portrait, as well as many other late Rembrandt paintings. It was also possible to image the presence of organic lakes (by means of the potassium map) and bone black (by means of the calcium and phosphorus maps) in the upper paint layers. In addition to conventional investigative techniques, such as x-radiography and infrared imaging, it is anticipated macro-XRF scanning will become an important diagnostic tool for conservators and art historians alike.
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