In a nutshell


Intensive 5-day programme on black coloured art materials: study and reconstruction of historical recipes for black dyes, inks and paints.


Campus Mutsaard, University of Antwerp, Belgium.


1-5 July 2019


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

External partners

Museum Hof Van Busleyden

Rijkserfgoedlaboratorium – Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed Nederland

European Research Council / Artechne (Universiteit Utrecht)

Course description

Scholars with theoretical and practical expertise in historical art technology will guide you through a 5-day programme on black coloured 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, inks 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 write a report about their work.

Registration fee

Students: €500
Professionals: €650

Fee includes course materials, coffee breaks, lunch, 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.

Application details

Will be available through Mobility Online before 30 April 2019.