Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science

NICAS Colloquium

29Sept2016 12:00 - 13:00


We are very pleased to announce the next edition of the NICAS Colloquium on Thursday 29 September from 12.00 to 13.00 hrs. Birgit van Driel (TU Delft, Rijksmuseum, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands), PhD-researcher studying the effect of titanium white pigments on modern art, will be the chair of the colloquium. The colloquium will take place in conference room B of the Atelier Building (Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam).

The presenters during the colloquium are:


  • Saskia van Oudheusden - How to monitor the cleaning of paintings: a research within the EU IPERION-CH project

Within the project of IPERION-CH, research has been carried out to explore and optimize primarily non-invasive scientific techniques that could guide the paintings conservator in the process of cleaning. In this presentation Van Oudheusden will go into several cleaning experiments recently performed, hereby discussing the potential and limitations of the instrumentation tested for evaluating the removal of varnish and overpaints on paintings.

Saskia van Oudheusden  obtained a MA in Cultural Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen in 2010 and a MA in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the University of Amsterdam in 2012, specialising in paintings. As a paintings conservator she has worked for several museums and studios including the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. Currently she is employed at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and involved in the European research project IPERION-CH. She is also working as a teacher within the Master program of Conservation and Restoration at the University of Amsterdam.


  • Ana Serrano - The red road of the Iberian expansion: cochineal and the global dye trade

A multidisciplinary investigation, combining History, textile objects from museum collections, and Chemistry, aimed to explore the impact of cochineal as a commercial product in the global circulation of dyestuffs, and its importance in the main centres of textile production in Europe and in Asia. The outcome brought assertive interpretations about the investigated textiles and the dynamics of American cochineal in European and Asian societies.  This approach has shown to be a recommendable methodology to adopt in future projects for the characterization of insect dyes in cultural heritage objects.

Ana Serrano studied Conservation and Restoration of works of art at the New University of Lisbon, and has recently obtained her PhD in History with a thesis entitled “The Red Road of the Iberian Expansion: Cochineal and the global dye trade”, at the Centre for Overseas History, belonging to the New University of Lisbon, and at the RCE. Currently, she is working as researcher at the UvA, in the context of a project dedicated to the characterization of a collection of 17th-century maritime archaeological textiles that were found in the bottom of the North Sea, near the island of Texel, Netherlands.

More information about the NICAS Colloquium can be found here.

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