Inauguration of the Chair on Advanced imaging techniques for the arts

The official inauguration of the new chair took place on Thursday 27th February 2015 in the presence of 150  museum professionals, students, scholars and academics. Thanks to the hospitality of Ben Van Beneden (curator of the Rubens house) and Veronique Van de Kerckhof (director of the Rubenianum), both the inauguratory lessons and the reception were held in the  Rubenianum.

These surroundings were particularly suited to this event as the news of the spectacular discovery on Rubens' Pelsken were released to the press on that same day. The results of the MA-XRF experiment on this famous portrait of Rubens' second wife were presented during the exhibition 'Rubens in private' in the neighbouring Rubens House.  In addition, prof. Katlijne Van der Stighelen elaborated on the art historical interpretation of the finding of the fountain during the inaugural session. More information on this project in collaboration with researchers of the Kunsthistorisches Museum can be found here. Apart from that, Dr. Griet Steyaert, one of the conservators of Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece, explained how MA-XRF scanning contributed to the treatment of the reverse panels. More information on this topic can be found here.

Program

Prof. dr. Koen Janssens, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Chemistry

Welcome speech and introduction

Prof. dr. Johan Meeusen, Vice-Rector of the University of Antwerp,

The Antwerp University fund

Baron Jan Huyghebaert, president of the Inbev-Baillet Latour Fund

The activities of the Inbev-Baillet Latour Fund

Prof. dr. Katlijne Van der Stighelen, KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, Early modern arts

Imaging as an ally: Pieter Paul Rubens and Antoon van Dyck investigated

Dr. Griet Steyaert, Conservation studio of the KIK-IRPA

Imaging as a tool during the conservation treatment of the Ghent altar piece

Dr. G. Van der Snickt, University of Antwerp, Mandatory of the Chair

Spectroscopic Imaging techniques: the missing link between cultural heritage and natural sciences 

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