The international and interdisciplinary ‘XXIII Symposium for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting'
Leuven & Brussels, 11 - 12 - 13 January 2024
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
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
- 14:00: The array of non-invasive analytical techniques that can help researchers tackle (art) historical questions is ever growing. But how to assess which of them can yield the most relevant results, while remaining safe and easy to carry out on a given object? This joint introductory session to the workshops will review the basics of technical imaging. It is appropriate for all humanities scholars who wish to become more conversant with these techniques and make well-informed decisions about analytical research strategies, or conservation treatments. The session focuses on small sized heritage artifacts and will highlight the variety of portable imaging equipment from the KU Leuven Core Facility VIEW (https://view.kuleuven.be/infrastructure/).
- 14:30-16:00 – White light & Multispectral Microdomes
- The Microdome surface scanning devices apply the technique of Multi-Light Reflectance imaging (RTI) and combine it with Multispectral imaging. Applied on relatively small area surfaces the scans with the Microdomes reveal the topographical texture & materiality and the complex reflection phenomena on the surface of artifacts. Results can be viewed via the online open access Pixel+ viewer.
- Workshop Highlights:
- Introduction to Multi-Light reflectance and Multispectral Imaging. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles, methodologies, and benefits of these methods and their combination into one scanning device. Explore how this non-invasive technique can enrich our comprehension of artworks, unravel their historical significance, and inform conservation efforts.
- Practical Demonstrations: Participate in interactive demonstrations that showcase the practical application of the Microdome surface scanning devices used at the Core Facility VIEW. Learn how to set up the imaging station, capture high-resolution images of artworks, and process the images for in-depth analysis.
- Interactive Discussions: Engage in stimulating discussions with fellow participants and experts. Exchange ideas, share experiences, and address challenges in applying these imaging techniques for artwork analysis. Explore the latest advancements, best practices, and future directions in the field.
- 16:00-16:30: coffee break
- 16:30-17:00: Closing remarks on results and data management. The White light & Multispectral Microdome and Narrow-Band Multispectral Imaging systems produce lots of data and come with a degree of complexity. This demands a decisive data management strategy. The option of visually accessing the obtained layered data via a viewer platform is crucial. Therefore, VIEW has developed the 3Pi-viewer, an integrated IIIF Mirador 3 interface. This dissemination is illustrated with a couple of examples.