The Structure and Mechanics of Canvas Paintings

25Oct2017 27Oct2017 09:00

Workshop

As part of the Continuing Professional Development Programme, the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage hosts a three-day workshop from the 25th to 27th of October to explore the structural and mechanical properties of materials that are relevant for paintings, and how these properties change with different relative humidity and temperature.

Overview

This course provides a basic understanding of structural and mechanical properties of materials that are relevant for paintings and how these properties change with different relative humidity and temperature. This enables improved risk assessment when deciding on climate and conservation methods for simple materials and composites. An overview of the relevant research is provided and the effects of conservation evaluated. The core of the course is based on Marion F. Mecklenburg's work as well as the lecturers' own research and both lecturers have extensive experience in teaching conservation students as well as post graduate conservators. They have both worked closely with Mecklenburg and have assisted him teaching his course on mechanics and structure in cultural heritage materials both at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) and the School of Conservation (Denmark) respectively.

Instructors

Laura Fuster-López

Laura Fuster-López is a Professor in the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), Spain. She graduated from UPV in Fine Arts (Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage) in 1999. In 2006 she received a PhD in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage after completing an internship at the Smithsonian Center for
Materials Research and Education under the supervision of Dr. Mecklenburg and focused on the study of the structural and dimensional behavior of filling materials for easel paintings. Her current research focuses on the mechanical and dimensional properties of cultural materials as well as environmental effects on their stability and preservation.

Cecil Krarup Andersen

Cecil Krarup Andersen Is an Asssistant Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK). She worked as a painting conservator at the Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK) in Copenhagen Denmark. She graduated from KADK, School of Conservation in Copenhagen in 2005 and received her PhD in structure and mechanics of lined paintings in 2013 from KADK’s School of Conservation and CATS, Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation. She is currently working as a paintings conservator at SMK, where she continues her focus on mechanics, environment and structural treatments of paintings. 

Practical information

Dates:

25 to 27 October 2017 from 09:00 till 17:00. 

Location:

Ateliergebouw, Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam
The Ateliergebouw is situated next to the Rijksmuseum.

Cost

This course is offered at the reduced price of €650. Participants are responsible for all evening meals, accommodation, and transportation. Lunches will be provided in the restaurant of the Ateliergebouw.

Participants

Registration is open to restorers, conservation scientists and related professionals practicing in the field.
Maximum of 20 participants.

Language

The course will be given in English. Participants are advised that a basic knowledge of scientific terms in English is required.

How to apply

Please send a signed application form by mail or e-mail, addresses are mentioned on the attached registration form. The Programme Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage aims to compose a list of participants of whom the level matches each other’s as much as possible. For that reason, we would like to receive your resume.

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation plus information for payment. Your registration is final when we have received the course fee.

Deadline for application

The deadline for application is 1 September 2017. On this date we will make the decision whether or not to proceed with organizing this workshop (depending on the number of enrolments for the course). Participants will be informed at this date or sooner. 

Contact

Please contact Angèle Goossens (coordinator continuing education) or Nienke Besijn (secretariat continuing education) by e-mail pe-CenR@uva.nl or telephone +31 (0)20 525 2015 with any further queries.

Published by  Faculty of Humanities