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Monday, May 16 • 8:30am - 9:00am
(Research and Technical Studies) Looking closer, seeing more: Recent developments in the technical documentation of paintings

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In recent years, major advances have been made in the technical documentation of art works and in the way that these data are made accessible. New on line archives have been created that significantly improve access to existing materials, for example on Cranach and Rembrandt. More innovative are the rapid developments in the fields of 3D scanning and printing; the standardization of documentation of art works; and the documentation of especially paintings and works of paper in extreme resolutions and in different modalities such as visible light, infrared, and X-radiography. These developments are increasingly impacting art history, technical art history, and art conservation, as well as museum practices and the art book publishing industry. It is also allowing specialists to create facsimiles of art works and other cultural heritage structures with unprecedented (and uncanny) precision. In this keynote presentation, I will discuss several aspects of these developments based on my involvement in recent and current projects such as Closer to Van Eyck and Even Closer to Van Eyck on the Ghent Altarpiece; Van Eyck Research in Open Access (VERONA); the Bosch Research and Conservation Project on Jheronimus Bosch; and The Hand of the Master on panels by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Ron Spronk Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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Ron Spronk

Professor of Art History, Queen's University, Art Conservation Program
Ron Spronk is a professor of art history at Queen’s University and at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He is a specialist in the technical examination of easel paintings. From 2010-12, he coördinated the technical documentation campaign of the Ghent Altarpiece and... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Room 511 B/E