The Science4Arts Symposium, co-organized by NWO (Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Netherlands funding agency for scientific research) and the Rijksmuseum, took place on 17th and 18th of November in Amsterdam.
This event gathered conservators and researchers from several scientific disciplines (experimental sciences, humanities, mathematics…) and enabled to share the results of the projects supported by the interdisciplinary research programme Science4Arts. The objective of this research programme (2012-2016) was to explore new perspectives for research and conservation of works of art and historic objects.
In the framework of the collaboration between NWO and IPANEMA, two of these projects have received support from IPANEMA. These projects are the following :
• Revisualizing late Rembrandt : Developing and Applying New Imaging Techniques – Joris Dik (TU Delft) / Petria Noble (Mauritshuis/Rijksmuseum)
• Paint Alterations in Time. Implications for Conservation, Presentation and Storage of Oil Paintings from Van Eyck to Mondrian – Prof. Piet Iedema (UvA) / Dr. Annelies van Loon (Mauritshuis/Rijksmuseum)
These two projects involved Annelies van Loon and Katrin Keune who used synchrotron methodologies during their scientific works. Two films, shown at the beginning of each morning session of the symposium, provide an overview of these projects (in Dutch with English subtitles) :
The symposium ended with a panel discussion on future developments in the field of conservation entitled “Art for Tomorrow” in which Loïc Bertrand participated.