Identifying Lead Compounds is a large scale CATS research project on the understanding of the dramatic darkening of lead-white highlights on old master drawings. Saving the spatial and artistic qualities of drawings by amongst others Hans Holbein, Abraham Bloemaert and C.F. Eckersberg is paramount to SMK, and CATS is seeking additional funding to initiate laboratory research into the causes of discolouration from within the matter itself.



We are grateful for a substantial grant from THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS and to the Danish Ministry of Culture as well as to the AFSMK and the Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy for generous additional grants that will contribute to the realization of the Identifying Lead Compounds project.

The research project will be initiated as soon as the final funding has been secured.