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NICAS Colloquium Online

25 November 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CET

We are pleased to announce a new, online edition of the NICAS colloquium on Thursday 25 November 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 Klaas Jan van den Berg (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands)


The presenters are:


 Abbie Vandivere – Public conservation at the Mauritshuis: Educating the technical art historians of the future



The Mauritshuis has a long tradition of carrying out conservation treatments in public view and presenting exhibitions that include technical information obtained from state-of-the-art scientific research. Our current exhibition, ‘Facelifts and Makeovers’ presents conservation case studies and dilemmas.
The conservation department at the Mauritshuis also offers internships to paintings conservators undergoing training and recent graduates. The opportunity to participate in ongoing projects has recently been extended to master’s students from the Technical Art History (TAH) programme at the University of Amsterdam, broadening their professional networks and introducing them to collaborative projects involving curators, conservators and scientists. This paper presents a summary of two public-facing conservation and research projects, which have involved TAH students in their initial preparation phases and post-analysis interpretation.
A version of this paper was presented at ICOM-CC Beijing, with Carol Pottasch (Senior Conservator at the Mauritshuis).



Dr. Abbie Vandivere is a paintings conservator at the Mauritshuis. She is also coordinator and lecturer of the Technical Art History Art History MA programme, within the department of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the University of Amsterdam. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University (U.S.A., 2001), a Pg. Dip. Cons. from the Courtauld Institute of Art (U.K., 2005), and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands, 2013).

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25 November 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CET
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