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

The International Conference 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.


Read the programme here


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.


Poster presentations at the conference

Many of the conference participants had taken the opportunity to present their research in poster format.

The interesting and inspiring material disseminated via the posters formed an important contribution to the conference, and many delegates took the opportunity of reading and discussing the research projects with the authors.


Patrick le Chanu
Advisor at Les Musées des France en Champagne-Ardenne
Saint Jerome, Albrecht Dürer and the industry of copying and emulating


Maija Santala
Curator at the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helsinki
Ter Borch


Natasa Bulatovic Trygg
Art Replicas, Understanding the Art through its Copy


Lena Dahlén
Paintings Conservator, Department of Conservation, Nationalmuseum Stockholm

Jordaens #1,

Jordaens #2,

Joris van Son


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.



Conference Snapshots 2012