Conference: Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting XIX and Ghent altarpiece study day, 11-13 September 2014

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The Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve), the Laboratoire d’étude des œuvres d’art par les méthodes scientifiques (Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve) and the Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands of the Groeningemuseum (Musea Brugge) are honoured to announce the XIXth symposium for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting which will be held in Bruges on 11-13 September 2014. This series of prestigious conferences, already in their nineteenth edition, was initiated in 1975 by the Université catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL). The colloquium is alternately organized by the UCL, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven) and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA) and its Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives, who hosted the XVIIIth symposium dedicated to Jan van Eyck in 2012.

The 2014 colloquium is dedicated to Technical studies of paintings: problems of attribution (15th-17th century). Attributions are central questions in art history. Since the introduction of new examination methods such as radiography, infrared photography and reflectography, conventional art history has undergone major changes. Technical examinations can provide additional arguments for attributing works of art to individual artists or their workshops. However, technical studies often also reveal complex working methods, while new scientific imagery sometimes challenges accepted attributions and instigates reconsiderations of traditional attributions. This symposium focusses on the various ways in which technical studies can provide answers to the often complex issue of attribution and will discuss the challenges that art historians face in proposing conclusive theories.

Scientific Committee

Till-Holger Borchert (Musea Brugge, Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands), Jacqueline Couvert (UCL, Laboratoire d’étude des oeuvres d’art par les méthodes scientifiques), Christina Currie (KIK/IRPA), Anne Dubois (UCL, FRS-FNRS), Bart Fransen (KIK/IRPA), Valentine Hendericks (ULB, KIK/IRPA), Vanessa Paumen (Musea Brugge, Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands), Cyriel Stroo (KIK/IRPA), Jan Van der Stock (KULeuven), Anne van Oosterwijk (Musea Brugge, Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands), Dominique Vanwijnsberghe (KIK/IRPA), Lieve Watteeuw (KULeuven)

Ghent Altarpiece International Study Day

ghent altarpiece restorationThe Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA) and the University of Ghent (UGent) are honoured to announce the Ghent Altarpiece International Study Day that will take place in Ghent on 10 September 2014. This is one day before the renowned Symposium XIX for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting in Bruges (11-13 September 2014).
The day is intended for art-historians, curators, conservators, scientists and other scholars studying Early Netherlandish painting.
In the morning session, six conferences will present a wide range of aspects of the current research and conservation/restoration treatment on the Ghent Altarpiece. In the afternoon, you will be enabled to witness the progress of the treatment in the Museum of Fine Arts of Ghent, and to informally meet with the members of the treatment and research teams. You are also invited to visit St Bavo’s Cathedral and the two exhibitions on the Ghent Altarpiece in the Caermersklooster.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Till-Holger Borchert (Groeningemuseum), Annick Born (UGent), Christina Ceulemans (KIK/IRPA), Bart Fransen (KIK/IRPA), Maximiliaan Martens (UGent), Ron Spronk (Queen’s University, Canada-Radboud University, Holland), Cyriel Stroo (KIK/IRPA), Anne van Grevenstein (St Bavo Cathedral)

Full Conference Registration (registration before 1 july 2014): 250 €
Full Conference Registration (registration after 1 july 2014): 300 €
One Day Registration: 150 €
Speakers: 190 €
Student: 120 € (please include a copy of your student ID)
Conference dinner: 60 €

OFFICIAL WEBSITE AND REGISTRATION: http://symposiumxix.wix.com/underdrawing

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