IPERION-CH, WP9 Expert Meeting

13-14 Juni 2016 at CATS, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.



Monday, June 13th 2016

13.00 – 13.30 Welcome (Jørgen Wadum and Marika Spring)

13.30 – 13.45 Participants tour de table (short introductions)

SESSION 1: Building a database as a research resource; sharing in practice
The focus of this session will be the practical issues and principles involved in building a digital research resource based on data from examination is of paint cross-sections, especially when sharing data from different institutions.

13.45 – 14.00 Marika Spring, National Gallery, London
Introduction to IPERION WP8 Task 4: Building a database on preparatory layers in paintings as a research resource

14.00 – 15.00 Marta Melchiorre, Joanna Russell (National Gallery, London)

  • Proposed content and structure of the IPERION grounds database
  • Sharing data from different institutions: Comparing images and imaging protocols
  • Experiments using imaging processing software (NIP2) to define colour

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 – 16.00 Joe Padfield (National Gallery, London)
Technical aspects of building the database

16.00 – 16.30 Susan Smelt (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
The Paint Sample Database of the Rijksmuseum and colour calibration of microscopic images

16.30 – 17.00 Questions

18.30 – Evening Dinner (individual payment)


Tuesday, June 14th 2016

SESSION 2: Current research on preparatory layers in paintings
The aim of this session is to bring out trends, patterns or approaches that might inform the search functions desirable in a database. The talks will also serve as a basis for considering comparability of the data/results, and whether further analyses for more precise characterisation of materials might be useful.

9.30 – 10.00 Marika Spring (National Gallery, London)
Preparatory layers in sixteenth-century Italy: trends, patterns and developments in painting on a coloured surface

10.00 – 10.30 Maria Dolores Gayo, Maite Jover (Prado Museum, Madrid)
Preparatory layers for sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish paintings on canvas

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 11.30 Anna Vila (CATS)
Seventeenth-century Danish and Dutch grounds and their Neapolitan counterparts

11.30 – 12.00 Maartje Witlox (University of Amsterdam)
Covering ground: what can investigations into historical recipes bring for research into the materials and methods of preparatory layers for oil painting?

12.00 – 13.00 Tour de table for participants other than main speakers
Short presentations from other participants (5-10 minutes) on their own interests/experience on the subject of the workshop
Heike Stege (Doerner Institut, Munich): Preparatory layers in fifteenth-century paintings from Cologne
Petria Noble (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam): Ground layers in paintings by Rembrandt
Wim Fremout (Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage): (title tbc)

13.00 – 13.30 Lunch Break


SESSION 3: Workshop discussion

13.30 – 14.30 Proposed topics for discussion (four groups)
Topics for future research on preparatory layers

  • Definition of the content of the database and desirable search capabilities (the user experience)
  • Consistency of information between institutions: methods of analysis and level of detail – improving the data
  • Standardization of imaging protocols

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00– 15.30 Presentations from each group of conclusions from discussions

15.30 – 16.30 Moderated discussion (5-person panel, names tbc)

16.30 – 17.00 Final Remarks (Marika Spring and Jørgen Wadum)