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The International Conference

Copying, Replicating & Emulating Paintings in the 15th-18th Century

was held in CATS at the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen 21-22 May 2012



Inspired by the European project Bosch & Bruegel Four Paintings Magnified this conference explored how art historical and technical examination of paintings in tandem can address key subjects as meaning, materials and manufacturing techniques, as well as be a catalyst for fresh perspectives on prevailing European workshop practices when copying, replicating and emulating paintings in the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries.



View snapshots from the conference days here

Read the programme here

View a selection of the posters presented at the conference here

Read a review of the conference here by one of the conference delegates, Conservator Sue Ann Chui, published in the e-conservation magazine, or download the on line magazine here, and find the review on pp 22-26.



The conference took place as a two day symposium with coffee & tea, lunch and afternoon refreshments. There was also a reception and an exclusive, private view of the exhibition ‘Illuminated -Tracing Bosch & Bruegel’, accompanied by the interdisciplinary and lavishly illustrated publication ‘On the trail of Bosch and Brueghel. Four paintings united under cross-examination’, Archetype Publications in collaboration with the National Gallery of Denmark / CATS.



The Scientific Committee behind the conference chose which contributions will be published in ArtMatters: International Journal for Technical Art History, a peer reviewed on-line publication.

Scientific Committee

- Dr Eva de la Fuente Pedersen, Senior Research Curator, National Gallery of Denmark
- Dr Erma Hermens, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith lecturer in Technical art History, University of Glasgow, Scotland
- Dr Sally J. Rush, Senior Lecturer History of Art, University of Glasgow, Scotland
- Dr Ron Spronk, Professor of Art History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, & Hieronymus Bosch Chair,
  Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, Netherlands
- Dr Jørgen Wadum, Keeper of Conservation & Director CATS, National Gallery of Denmark
- Mr Mads Chr. Christensen, Head of Scientific Dept., MSc., National Museum of Denmark
- Ms Greta Koppel, Curator of Dutch and Flemish paintings, Kadriorg Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
- Mr Mikkel Scharff, Associate Professor & Head of Department, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts,
  Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, School of Conservation

The conference was organised by:

CATS / SMK & University of Glasgow

- within the framework of the Bosch & Bruegel project between Kadriorg Art Museum, Tallinn; University of Glasgow / Glasgow Life and made possible thanks to generous support from the EU Culture Programme.



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