AFSMK has been granted a substantial donation by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation which will be used for Statens Museum for Kunst’s CATS project: 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 for an open access Art and Technology Research Database on ground layers in European paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries.

As SMK is very committed to the notion Sharing is Caring we are extremely grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for supporting us in making scientific data on old master paintings available to the field.

Nora Schlag, a Bachelor student in Conservation at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, and Sofie Wikkelsø Jensen, studying to become a Laboratory Assistant, will be charged with the delicate work of readying the metadata and images to populate the database.

In conjunction with the AFSMK annual meeting in NYC this November Jørgen Wadum talked at New York University, on ‘Mobility Creates Masters – understanding artists’ mobility and early modern trade in artists’ materials.