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In time, the appearance of paintings changes due to various reasons, but especially because of the ageing of the materials used by the artist. The saponification of alkaline pigments frequently occurs in oil paintings. Yoshiko Shimazu uses her research to expand insight into the changes in the appearance – and the appearance of paintings – as a result of saponification of white pigments such as lead white and zinc white. She explores colour changes in pigments in several paintings, and also analyses the composition of layers within the painting so as to better understand changes in contrast and colour.

Event details of The influence of white pigments on the appearance of oil paintings
Date 5 February 2015
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel

Y. Shimazu, Chemical and Optical Aspects of Appearance Changes in Oil Paintings from the 19th and Early 20th Century.


Prof. J.J. Boon


Dr K van den Berg


Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.