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The international and interdisciplinary ‘XXIII Symposium for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting'
Leuven & Brussels, 11 - 12 - 13 January 2024

Cross-Media Perspectives
Technical Studies of Art on Panel, Paper and Parchment (1400-1600)

The XXIII Symposium will provide a scientific forum for the presentation of new technical studies in art history, concentrating on art from the Middle Ages and Early Modern period (1400-1600). The conference will focus on the technical examination of art in a variety of media and supports: panel paintings, painting on parchment and canvas, drawings, cartoons, sketches, model- and sketchbooks, prints and manuscript illuminations. The main theme will be cross-media perspectives in the context of artistic materials, working methods, and the dissemination of concepts. Similarities in design might indicate cultural, social, geographical, or chronological connections in paintings, drawings, prints etc. as well as links across other artistic media. Recent developments in viewing platforms, artificial intelligence and machine learning can offer alternative possibilities in this research field, stimulate contacts and the exchange of experience, and form a bridge between art and science.

After the successful Van Eyck Studies (2012), Imaging Utopia (2017), Bruegel Success Story (2018), and Alla Maniera (2021) symposia, the 23rd Symposium of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting will be held in Leuven and Brussels and will coincide with the exhibition “Dieric Bouts. Creator of Images” in Museum M. The conference aims to stimulate networking and provides a unique opportunity for professionals to share knowledge and experience on important cases. It also provides a forum for the discussion of innovative developments in tools and methodologies for the study of artworks.

Submission deadline late-break posters: 10 September 2023

Pre-conference workshops

KU Leuven University Library, Core Facility VIEW, Wednesday 10 January 2024, 14.00-15.00 h.

Instructors: Lieve Watteeuw, Bruno Vandermeulen, Marie-Noëlle Grison, Yun Liu, Hendrik Hameeuw

Number participants: Max of 6 participants for each workshop (12 in total).

Fee: €35 standard, €25 students

Workshop 1

Workshop 2