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NICAS Colloquium online

24 September 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CEST


We are pleased to announce a new, online edition of the NICAS colloquium on Thursday 24 September 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 Rika Pause (RCE).


The presenters are:


Chun (Tracy) LiuTechnical Investigation and Treatment of Jan van Scorel’s ‘Portrait of a Man from Haarlem’, 1529.



This presentation will highlight key points from the art historical and technical investigation of Jan van Scorel’s Portrait of a Man from Haarlem (SK-A-3853), completed in preparation for treatment for the upcoming Forget Me Not special exhibit.  The presentation will conclude with a brief look at the current state of its treatment progress.



Tracy Liu recently completed a one-year internship in Paintings Conservation at the Rijksmuseum as part of her final year of master’s study in Conservation at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.  She graduated with a specialization in Paintings Conservation in August 2020, and is currently the Migelien Gerritzen Fellow in Conservation Science at the Rijksmuseum.



Tea Ghigo  A Scientific Systematic Study of Coptic inks from the Late Roman Period to the Middle Ages



To date most of the scientific studies on historical black inks focus on the characterisation of writing media produced from the Middle Ages onwards, while only a minority of research is dedicated to the study of older materials. In particular, the manufacturing of inks between Late Antiquity and early Middle Ages (ca. 4th – 10th century CE) has been scarcely investigated. This study systematically addresses the characterisation of inks produced during this period in Egypt, and deals mostly with manuscripts written in Coptic, the last phase of ancient Egyptian language.The approach adopted is highly interdisciplinary and involves the close cooperation of natural sciences with archaeology, palaeography, codicology, and digital humanities, which join their effort to provide an historical context for many of the manuscripts studied.The analytical protocol applied consists of non-invasive techniques and portable equipment. The analysis was carried out in-situ inside different museums and collections over Europe.



Tea Ghigo graduated in Heritage Science in 2014 from the University of Genova, Italy. She started working on manuscripts analysis in 2017 during an internship at the Federal Institute for Material Research in Berlin. Shortly after, she started a joint PhD between the University of Hamburg and the University of La Sapienza, supervised by Prof. Ira Rabin and Prof. Paola Buzi. She recently submitted her doctoral dissertation, focused on the manufacture of writing inks produced in Coptic Egypt. She authored few publications and participated as a speaker in several international conferences. However, this is one of the first times she presents the whole investigation carried out during her PhD.


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24 September 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CEST
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