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1 February @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET

We are very pleased to announce and invite you to join the CRYSTINART SymposiumCrystallization Damage at the Interfaces of Artworks’ which will be held on Thursday 1st of February 2024 from 13.00 to 18.00 hrs CET, in the Ateliergebouw in Amsterdam.

In the last years, the aim of the CRYSTINART project was to develop an integrated approach for understanding, modelling and analyzing the decay mechanisms of layered artworks due to salt crystallization. The CRYSTINART project was financed by the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Netherlands Institute for Conservation Art and Science (NICAS).

NICAS will host a full afternoon of lectures and discussions in this interdisciplinary topic by inviting different experts and by gathering scientists, conservation scientists, museum conservators and art historians.

Please register for the event by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.
If you later realize that you cannot attend, please remember to cancel your registration so someone else can take your place.

This is a hybrid event. There is a waiting list for in-person attendance. To join online, please use the MS Teams event link.


13:00     Welcome

13:05     Presentation CRYSTINART Project

Crystallization damage at interfaces of artworks – JPICH Conservation and Protection Call

  • Context of CRYSTINART & Case Studies from the Rijksmuseum – Prof. Noushine Shahidzadeh (University of Amsterdam) and Isabelle Garachon (Rijksmuseum)
  • Experimental Results – Dr. Leo Pel (Technical University Eindhoven) and Dr. Hannelore Derluyn (University of Pau, UPPA-France)
  • Modelling Results – Dr. Stefano de Miranda (University of Bologna, Italy)

13:50     Salt Crystallization in the Fresco Paintings of Pompeii, from the In Situ and Laboratory Study to the Modelling.

Dr. Maite Maguregui (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain)

14:20     Understanding Architectural Tiles Decay, Challenges and Strategies for its Conservation.

Dr. Silvia Pereira (National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, Materials Department, Portugal)

14:50     Coffee Break

15:20    Monitoring degradation of layered and porous materials with advanced imaging, spectroscopy and remote sensing techniques.

Prof. Haida Liang (Nottingham Trent University, Head of the Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art History & Conservation (ISAAC) research group)

15:50     Mortars with Mixed-in Crystallization Inhibitors for an Improved Resistance to Salt Decay.

Dr. Barbara Lubelli (TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment)

16:20     Frescoes Conservation and Physico-Chemical Characterization.

David Chelazzi (University of Florence, Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry and CSG)

16:50     Drinks and visit to the ateliers

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1 February
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET
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Ateliergebouw, Amsterdam
Hobbemastraat 22
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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