Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science

NICAS Colloquium

09Nov2017 12:00 - 13:00


The next edition of the NICAS Colloquium takes place on Thursday, 9 November 2017, from 12:00 to 13:00 in conference room B of the Atelier Building (Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam).


The chair of this colloquium will be Lise Steyn (University of Amsterdam), PhD-canidate for the project 'Cleaning of Modern Oil Paintings'.


The following presentations are scheduled for this edition of the NICAS Colloquium:

Joen Hermans

Using 2D-IR spectroscopy to study oil paint chemistry

Infrared spectroscopy is a common and useful tool to study the composition of paint (cross-sections). Interpretation of IR spectra becomes challenging when multiple bands overlap, and it is often difficult to link subtle changes in a spectrum to the chemical environment of molecules. 2D-IR spectroscopy is a useful technique for both problems. I will explain the basic principles, advantages and limitations of the technique. We plan to use 2D-IR spectroscopy to study of the environment around metal ions in model oil paint media, and attempt to measure the effect of cleaning procedures on the acid concentration in paint films.

Joen Hermans is a post-doc researcher at the Rijksmuseum. He obtained a PhD in chemistry at the University of Amsterdam with a study on metal soap formation in oil paint.

Paul van Duin

The construction of late 17th-century Netherlandish furniture: typology, materials, authorship and durability

The systematic analysis of the construction methods and materials of a group of late-seventeenth century Netherlandish cabinets provides an essential and valuable contribution to art-historical knowledge as well as to conservation and preservation. As most furniture is anonymous, groups of furniture with evidently identical constructions can be attributed to the same maker, giving insight into the number of cabinetmakers that were active, what typified their furniture and perhaps eventually, in combination with archival research, make it easier to identify what they made. Knowledge of the construction methods is indispensable for interpreting causes of damage, and for choosing the most appropriate conservation or preservation strategy. The results of this study are extensive and are illustrated by focusing on particular highlights, like dendrochronology, the stands, doors, drawers, assemblage of cabinets and conservation issues.

Paul van Duin is head of furniture conservation since 1989 and previously worked for five years at the Royal Collection in London. He was the Rijksmuseum project manager for designing and building the Ateliergebouw.

NICAS Colloquium

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Thursday, 9 November 2017


12:00 – 13:00 hrs


Conference Room B, Atelier Building
Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam

Published by  NICAS