Paintings in the Laboratory: Scientific Examination for Art History and Conservation (Paperback)

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Paintings in the Laboratory: Scientific Examination for Art History and Conservation (Paperback)

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This book is a collection of scientific papers written over 30 years by Karin Groen on aspects of the painting of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Leyster, Vermeer, Van Gogh etc. The author tracks the historical development of the application of scientific techniques in research into artists techniques and materials and examines phenomena such as the changing of green pigments to blue, the use of red in preparatory layers, binding media, blanching and organic pigments.

Contents:

In memoriam: Karin Groen

Introduction: Perspectives on the evolution of science for art history and conservation, and its current state

Part I - Grounds and binding media

Chapter 1 - Halcyon days for art history

Chapter 2 - Grounds in Rembrandt's workshop and in paintings by his contemporaries

Chapter 3 - Earth Matters. The origin of the material used for the preparation of the Night Watch and many other canvases in Rembrandt's workshop after 1640

Chapter 4 - In the beginning there was red

Chapter 5 - Investigation of the use of the binding medium by Rembrandt. Chemical analysis and theology

Part II - Changing colours

Chapter 6 - Towards identification of brown discolouration on green paint

Chapter 7 - Towards identification of brown discolouration on green paint revisited

Chapter 8 - The foliage tends almost to blue

Chapter 9 - Scanning electron-microscopy as an aid in the study of blanching

Part III - Study of painting techniques

Chapter 10 - Frans Hals: a technical examination (Co-author: Ella Hendriks)

Chapter 11 - Judith Leyster: a technical examination of her work (Co-author: Ella Hendriks)

Chapter 12 - Scientific examination of Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring (Co-authors: Inez van der Werf, Klaas Jan van den Berg and Jaap J. Boon)

Summary

Samenvatting

Bibliography

Acknowlegdements

Product Details ISBN: 9781909492134
ISBN-10: 1909492132
Publisher: Archetype Publications
Publication Date: October 15th, 2014
Pages: 178
Language: English