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29 June - 7 July 2020


How did pre-modern colorists manufacture, master, and perceive the color black? You will learn and experience about historical techniques through the color black by reading, interpreting and reconstructing historical recipes.


Campus Mutsaard, Blindestraat 9, University of Antwerp, Belgium.


Master and PhD students in conservation - restoration or (technical) art history, curators, artists and professionals.

External partners

KU Leuven

Stad Antwerpen

University of Amsterdam

Museum Hof Van Busleyden

Utrecht University

European Research Council / Artechne (Universiteit Utrecht)

Rijkserfgoedlaboratorium – Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed Nederland

Course description

Scholars with theoretical and practical expertise in historical art technology will guide you through an 8-day programme on black colored materials. Participants will receive an introduction to reading, interpreting and evaluation of historical sources. Procedures, tools and materials are discussed while a selection of historical recipes for the manufacture of black dyes and paints will be reproduced.


3 ECTS credits can be awarded upon successful completion of the programme:

  1. Participants will prepare for this summer school with a literature study (an orientation in the field of) and a selective bibliography (given by University of Antwerp).
  2. Participants have to be present during the full duration of the summer school.
  3. Participants will give an oral presentation

Registration fee

Students: €650
Professionals: €850

Fee includes course materials, coffee breaks, sandwich lunches, site visits, one group dinner and social activities. Does not include accommodation, travel costs and other expenses.


University of Antwerp Students are entitled to a refund of €150 after completion of the summer school.

Limited number of reduced fees of €50 available for recognised refugees.

Application details

Online through Mobility Online

Application deadline

15 April 2020

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