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NICAS Colloquium Online

27 May 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CEST


We are pleased to announce a new, online edition of the NICAS colloquium on Thursday 27 May 2021 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 Siavash Maraghechi (Eindhoven University of Technology)


The presenters are:


Alba Alvarez Martin New GC/MS approaches for cleaning studies of paintings and preventive conservation at the Rijksmuseum



GC/MS analysis has been traditionally associated with destructive analysis, however due to the improvements of the instrumentation, progress has being made towards more sensitive and less invasive analysis. This presentation will show the new protocols that are being implemented at the Rijksmuseum, such as monitoring the reactions that take place during (and after) the cleaning of paintings or carrying out non-destructive sampling inside the museum galleries.



Alba Alvarez is a chemist with a PhD obtained from the University of Salamanca (Spain) and Warwick University (UK). She also holds a master in conservation science. Between 2017 and 2020 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian (USA). Currently, she is a Junior Scientist at the Science Department of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, where she is in charge of the scientific analysis of organic materials by GC/MS.



Margriet van Eikema HommesCreating a virtual reconstruction of the original appearance of the ‘Golden Room’ (1718) in the Mauritshuis, The Hague.



In this talk, Margriet will go into the process of creating a virtual reconstruction of the early eighteenth-century appearance of the “Golden Room” in the Mauritshuis, The Hague. This room was made between 1708 to 1718 and includes fifteen paintings by the Venetian painter Giovanni Pellegrini. The virtual reconstruction is based on the results of historical and analytical research into the room’s original colour scheme and the original appearance of Pellegrini’s paintings. Margriet will discuss what choices were made in implementing the scientific results into virtual imagery, from the perspective of the art historians and conservators involved. She will also consider the added value of the reconstruction for our understanding and perception of the room. See for the virtual reconstruction.

The paper can be found here.



Dr. Margriet van Eikema Hommes is an art historian specialized in historical painting techniques and Dutch 17th and 18th century painting ensembles. Since 2011, she has supervised a NWO program on such ensembles. Margriet is senior researcher at the Cultural Heritage Laboratory of the RCE. She is also Associate Professor at the research group Materials in Art and Archaeology at Delft University of Technology.

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27 May 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CEST
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