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NICAS Colloquium online

10 December 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CET


We are pleased to announce a new, online edition of the NICAS colloquium on Thursday 10 December 2020 from 12.00 to 13.00 hrs. The colloquium will take place online through Microsoft Teams


Throughout the year, NICAS organises a bi-weekly Colloquium consisting of two short research lectures. It provides researchers with the opportunity to present ideas for, updates on or results of their activities. The NICAS Colloquium allows people to stay informed on a regular basis about the latest developments and results of research and to exchange information and expertise.



The chair of this colloquium will be Fréderique Broers (Rijksmuseum)


The presenters are:


 Lieve d’Hont  Following the artist’s footsteps. Reconstruction-based research in studying the role of coloured grounds



From the middle of the sixteenth century onwards, coloured grounds play an increasingly important role in Netherlandish paintings. The Down to the Ground project investigates the spread and use of these grounds. Not only are we interested in the effect of coloured grounds on the final appearance of paintings, but also on the role of the grounds during the painting process. How does painting on a coloured ground differ from painting on a white ground? What are the possible effects of the ground colour on the creative process? This presentation reflects on using and making reconstructions to answer these questions. I will discuss how reconstructions are a valuable research method when used alongside other methods and what the advantages and possible issues are to take into account.


Lieve d’Hont studied Art History in Utrecht (BA) and trained as a painting conservator at the University of Amsterdam (MA and Post-MA). As part of her studies, she interned at the SRAL in Maastricht and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. After graduation she worked on several projects at the Mauritshuis. She also completed a post-graduate internship at the Hamilton Kerr Institute in Cambridge. She is now a PhD candidate at the UvA, investigating the use of coloured grounds in Netherlandish paintings between 1550 and 1650.



Yasmine Mosleh  The Structure-Property Correlations in Animal Adhesives Used for Conservation of Cultural Heritage


The gelatine-based animal adhesives are used in historical objects such as panel paintings and decorated furniture as parts of Dutch cultural heritage. Hence, a comprehensive knowledge of their (long term) physical, chemical, and mechanical behaviour is imperative for the conservation of the art objects. This presentation demonstrates a correlation between the microstructure of gelatine adhesives (derived from pork skin) and their macroscopic mechanical properties.


Dr. Yasmine Mosleh received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from KU Leuven. Her expertise lies in the field of polymers and polymer composites. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in TU Delft. She carries out research on the long term behaviour of animal adhesives and their bonded assemblies with oak wood when subjected to an accelerated environmental ageing program. In her project, she works together with aerospace engineering department and civil engineering department of TU Delft and also Rijksmuseum.



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10 December 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CET
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