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Researchers examine 'Sunflowers' by Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh used only two yellows to paint Sunflowers: a light-fast and a light-sensitive type.
Sensor with laser light detects low levels of antibiotics
UAntwerp and Seton Hall University scientists develop a new technology and weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance.
Belgian researchers reveal original paint layers on Ghent altarpiece
Considered the pinnacle of mediaeval painting, the Ghent Altarpiece was painted around 1432 by Jan Van Eyck and probably his brother Hubert. It is currently undergoing the most extensive conservation treatment for more than a century.
UAntwerp solves the Bird Droppings Mystery
The scream by Edvard Munch features a series of enigmatic white splatters on the surface. Finally the cold case has been solved now.
Science, and in particular chemistry, plays an important role in the sustainable preservation of our cultural heritage through the investigation of ancient materials with the aim of understanding their technologies and degradation process.
Glove with sensor to help combat drug trafficking
Karolien De Wael (UAntwerp) is developing a fast, reliable method for detecting drugs.
Why van Gogh's Sunflowers are wilting
The colour of Vincent van Gogh's famous Sunflowers is changing over time, because of the mixture of pigments used by the Dutch master in his painting.
James Ensor's Creative Process: Technique, Concept, Image
Symposium on Friday 20th November 2015 in collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA)
Researchers of the UAntwerp examined a microscopically small sample of the painting 'Wheat Stack under a Cloudy Sky' by Vincent van Gogh. They have now been able to further clarify the degradation process of red lead that causes the bleaching of the color.
MA-XRF scans get under the skin of Rubens' second wife
'The Fur' by P.P. Rubens: MA-XRF scanning reveals a 'suggestive' fountain.
SR2A conference: Frederik Vanmeert receives 'Young Scientist' Award
Several members of the AXES group contributed to the scientific programme of the International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation and Neutrons in Art and Archaeology that took place in the Louvre museum from 9-12 September 2014.
Cobra tv covers UA research on Van Eyck's Mystic Lamb
The recent implementation of MA-XRF scanning by the UAntwerp contributed significantly to the ongoing conservation treatment of Van Eyck's Mystic Lamb. In a short movie, researchers of the AXES group (min. 3:12) explain how their new imaging technique helped assessing the condition of original, overpainted paint layers
Antwerp Television (ATV) covers the ongoing MA-XRF scan experiments on Rubens.
P.P. Rubens' Holy family with parrot is currently being scanned at the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (KMSKA).
MA-XRF scanning at the Metropoliton Museum of Art, New York
During the last months, the Bruker M6 MA-XRF instrument will be scanning at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Modern Methods for Analysing Archaeological and Historical Glass
Publication of prof. dr. Koen Janssens, University of Antwerp.
Rembrandt was a master doubter
Researchers from the Rijksmuseum, TUDelft and the University of Antwerp show how Rembrandt created his masterpiece The Sampling Officials in elaborate detail.
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