The digitization of cross-sections from Italian and Dutch paintings

Within this project SMK and CATS will be able to digitize cross-sections from 54 Italian and from 88 Dutch paintings in high-res quality.


Identifying Lead Compounds

A large scale CATS research project on the understanding of the dramatic darkening of lead-white highlights on old master drawings.



An international and interdisciplinary network that aims to strengthen the exchange of theoretical and object related research into paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries. In association with IPERION CH.



IPERION CH integrates excellent national facilities in a pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure supporting research in Heritage Science. CATS is one of the 23 partners in the IPERION CH together with a large network of affiliations and collaborations.



Multi-isotopic analysis of early modern art. Linking origin, trade and production of raw materials with provenance research.



 Drawing out Rembrandt

A model for reconstructing the past, analyzing the present and predicting the future condition of Rembrandt’s ink drawings.




Marks on Art database

The RKD collaborates with a team of international experts and institutes to enter these types of marks into a database specially developed by the RKD: the MARKS ON ART database. This is in turn linked to Images, so that the information entered always remains related to the art work concerned.



Based on Professor Emeritus Dr. Peter Klein’s (University of Hamburg) dendro­chronology database (tree-ring stratigraphy), studying the chronology of artworks and sculptures to supplement the art history of these objects, Dendro4Art will create a digital archive of dendrochronology in art across Northern Europe and the Baltic region.

The project includes the assembling of three data sets (meta data, raw data and historic analogue documentation), a data management storing plan with the aim to allow access to the tree-ring data so that new data can be compared with the old. The CATS Dendro4Art database will be accessible for public and scholars as well as a special login for researchers for updating the database. This project has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from The Carlsberg Foundation.