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NICAS Colloquium online

25 June 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CEST


We are very pleased to announce a new edition of the NICAS colloquium on Thursday 25 June 2020 from 12.00 to 13.00 hrs.
The chair of this colloquium will be Noushine Shahidzadeh (UvA).


Manon Castelle Revealing the technology of historical European bronze casting – A late medieval copper-based workshop for the tomb of Isabella of Bourbon


Commissioned in 1475 as part of the tomb of Isabella of Bourbon, the Rijksmuseum ten Weepers and the recumbent effigy of Isabella of Bourbon constitute a precious and rare example of late medieval bronze casting carried out in Europe and provides a unique testimony of a major ducal commission.  
The in-depth technical study of the Weepers and the results of a preliminary investigation of the effigy of Isabella provide new insights into both the organisation of the workshop involved and the technical context of production.  To explore these aspects, the statues were carefully examined. A complete multimodal investigation protocol was applied on the Weepers which were brought to the Rijksmuseum laboratory and the recumbent effigy of Isabella of Bourbon was examined at the M Museum in Leuven. This communication presents the results of this technical investigation.


As a Fellow at the Rijksmuseum, Dr. Manon Castelle investigates European bronze objects from 15th to 18th century. Her project focuses on casting techniques and materials (copper alloy, casting core, iron armatures) involved in the fabrication of these artworks. By performing technical studies through a multimodal approach, her project aims at providing new insights into the historical and technical aspects of bronze artefacts. 


Tamar Hestrin-Grader The 1640IR Muselaar Project: an Introduction

The 1640IR Muselaar Project an example of interdisciplinary, international, and inter-institutional object-centered research. Its goals are to build an understanding of this specific musical instrument’s aspects (material, technical, structural, decorative, historical, social, contextual, etc) in their entirety and in conjunction with each other; to make both the object’s personal history and the process and results of the research as transparent as possible; and to communicate all this clearly and compellingly. 


Tamar Hestrin-Grader is a PhD candidate at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) of Leiden University, a Researcher at the KASK&Conservatorium Ghent, and a Guest Researcher at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, where she is part of the 1640IR Muselaar Project. She received her rMA in Art Studies from the University of Amsterdam in 2016, and her AB in Music and Historical Performance Practice from Harvard College in 2011. As a musician, she plays mostly historical keyboards, with a focus on the harpsichord.



We hope to see you all online at the NICAS colloquium! 

Kind regards,

Ella Hendriks, Katrien Keune and Tatja Scholte



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25 June 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CEST
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