Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science

NICAS Colloquium

06June2019 12:00 - 13:00


The next edition of the NICAS Colloquium takes place on Thursday, 6 June 2019, from 12:00 to 13:00 in Conference Room B of the Atelier Building (Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam).


The chair of this colloquium will be Alina Astefanei (University of Amsterdam).


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


From the bottom of the sea to the display case: Research on archaeological maritime silk textiles for long term preservation

Ana Serrano

Over 300 textile fragments were found in 2014 in a mid-17th century shipwreck (Wadden Sea, The Netherlands). Comprising costumes, parts of costumes and interior textiles, this collection is almost entirely made of silk and embroidered or woven with metal thread. Surviving archaeological maritime silk textiles are extremely rare, which makes this a distinctive finding; although it also poses challenges to museum curators when selecting the most suitable conditions to exhibit and store them. Aiming at the long-term preservation of this collection, a set of archaeological silk samples, along with modern silk standards, were submitted to different ageing setups to understand their response to common deterioration parameters in a museum environment: temperature, relative humidity, light and oxygen. The results were submitted to a systematic assessment at the visual, structural and molecular levels, by means of colour measurements, FTIR-ATR and UHPLC-FLD, respectively.

Ana Serrano is a postdoctoral researcher specialized in textile studies, working at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam.


The production of pre-primed canvases for painted wall hangings in Dutch interiors from the late 17th and 18th centuries

Ige Verslype

Decorating entire rooms with painted canvas wall hangings (geschilderde behangsels) became very fashionable in the Netherlands in the last quarter of the 17th century and gained even further in popularity during the 18th century. The demand for large scale pre-primed canvases rose accordingly, as evidenced by numerous advertisements placed by professional primers in 18th-century Dutch newspapers. These ads form a rich source of information on the production of these canvases. Not only do they provide producers’ and suppliers’ names, and information about their products, they also offer the present-day reader surprising insights into customer demands of the period. By combining this information with that gained from painters’ treatises and from technical research into primed canvases for interior paintings, this study aims to gain insights into the manufacture process, trade and characteristics of pre-primed canvases for painted wall hangings.

Ige Verslype is a paintings conservator at the Rijksmuseum and a PhD candidate in the project From Isolation to Coherence, led by dr. Margriet van Eikema Hommes (Delft University of Technology, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands).



Thursday, 6 June 2019


12:00 – 13:00 hrs


Conference Room B, Atelier Building
Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam

Published by  NICAS