Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science

NICAS Colloquium

08Mar2018 12:00 - 13:00


The next edition of the NICAS Colloquium takes place on Thursday, 8 March 2018, from 12:00 to 13:00 in conference room B of the Atelier Building (Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam).


The chair of this colloquium will be Victor Gonzalez (Rijksmuseum), postdoc researcher.


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

Paolo D'Imporzano

Lead white isotopes: case of study and some considerations

The overall goal of this study is to develop and validate a scientific technique that, once applied on the painting samples, will allow to investigate on the variability of the Lead isotopes using micro quantity of material, in the orders of hundreds of ng. The obtained results will also be used in order to assess the homogeneity of the Lead present in the paintings thus to extend the knowledge about the composition, commerce and the provenance of this pigment used during the Dutch golden age.

Paolo D’Imporzano holds a master degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pisa, and is currently a PhD student at the VU Amsterdam studding the provenance of lead white in 17th-century Dutch paintings.

Leila Sauvage

Let’s get the party started! Developing noise and vibration monitoring strategies  at the Rijksmuseum during loud-music events

Vriendenavond, Museumnacht, Amsterdam Dance Event invite the public to see the Rijksmuseum in a new way: live music mixed by famous DJs in the atrium or in the Passage. While the public seems to enjoy these exciting events, little is knows about their effects on the artworks hanging on the other side of the party’s walls. For the last three years, the departments of Events and Paper Conservation have been collaborating together with acoustic engineers to investigate the effects of sound and vibrations on the Rijksmuseum collection on display. This talk presents the monitoring strategies developed for different types of exhibited objects, the results obtained and how some changes in the collection could be related to specific events, and the initial guidelines established.

Leila Sauvage graduated from the Book and Paper Conservation Programme of the Paris-Sorbonne University in 2010. Between 2011 and 2014, she worked as Paper Conservator at the Rijksmuseum. In 2014, she started a PhD at the TU Delft in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum.

NICAS Colloquium

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Thursday, 8 March 2018


12:00 – 13:00 hrs


Conference Room B, Atelier Building
Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam

Published by  NICAS