Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science

NICAS Colloquium

27Oct2016 12:00 - 13:00


We are very pleased to announce the next edition of the NICAS Colloquium on Thursday 27 October from 12.00 to 13.00 hrs. The colloquium will take place in conference room B of the Atelier Building (Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam).

The presenters during the colloquium are:


  • Tonny Beentjes - Rodin’s the Thinker: investigation of 19th century bronze sculpture casting and the development of casting in sand moulds.

The technical study of historical bronzes has concentrated up till now mainly on Renaissance and Baroque lost wax bronzes. The sculptor working roughly between 1810-1960 in Western Europe often opted for an alternative method: casting using sand moulds. This presentation will look at the historical development of sand mould casting and will discuss the intricacies of the sand mould casting technique as used for sculpture, the so-called piece-moulding technique. 

Tonny Beentjes is lecturer in metal conservation and researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Initially trained as a goldsmith, followed by a training in metal conservation, he went to the UK to run for ten years the metal conservation programme at West Dean College. Apart from teaching, he researches historical metal working technology and is currently conducting PhD research into the casting techniques of Rodin bronzes and the development of casting sculpture using sand moulds.


  • René Lugtigheid - 18th-century re-use of fashionable fabrics in liturgical vestments: the stories objects tell

Since the 16th-century the vestments worn by the Catholic priest during mass comprise a quite uniform ceremonial dress, despite the lack of clear guidelines. In the early 18th century however, next to the already existing form a new type of chasuble appears lacking the rich embroidery of the former ages. The question is how this change can be interpreted in the context of 18th-century Dutch society. This research aims to provide information from both the objects and archives to connect with each other, with the aim of a better understanding of reuse of textiles in the eighteenth century. The lecture will present the most recent research results.

René Lugtigheid studied art history at the UvA and Leiden. For almost twenty years she worked as senior textile conservator at the Werkplaats tot Herstel van Antiek Textiel in Haarlem. From 2003 to 2013 she was conservation consultant at the Stichting Kerkelijk Kunstbezit. She specialized in the cultural value assessment of ecclesiastical textiles. Since 2007 she works as lecturer of textile conservation at the department of Conservation and Restoration at the UvA. At the moment she is doing Ph.D. research on liturgical vestments and the re-use of fashionable clothing in the 18th-century.

More information about the NICAS Colloquium can be found here.

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