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Programme

Masterclass on Wax-Resin Linings, 8-19 February 2021, Amsterdam

Provisional programme

Please note that although we do not intend to change the programme and the line-up of speakers, alterations may occur due to unforeseen circumstances.

This masterclass was originally scheduled for 29 June-10 July 2020, but has been postponed to 8-19 February 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. We aim to stick to the same programme, just at a different point in time.

  • Monday 8 February – Opening session

    Morning:

    • Welcome by Emilie Froment, Ella Hendriks and Esther van Duijn.
    • Introduction into the Ateliergebouw and the UvA paintings conservation studio.
    • Icebreaking workshop.

    Afternoon

    • Workshop on the visual examination on wax-resin lined paintings - Emilie Froment, Ella Hendriks and Esther van Duijn.
    • Lecture on material and technical history on canvas supports for paintings – Ella Hendriks.
    • Lecture on degradation Processes and Phenomena of Canvas Paintings, and Historical Overview of Structural Conservation Treatments – Emilie Froment.
    • Workshop on carrying out wax-resin linings according to historical approaches (preparatory steps) - Michel van de Laar.
  • Tuesday 9 February – The history of wax-resin linings I

    Morning

    • Lecture on wax-resin linings though history: origins, principles and dissemination - Mireille te Marvelde.
    • Lecture on the technical details of the wax-resin lining method with emphasis on the Hopman family’s lining approach and the Rijksmuseum collection - Esther van Duijn.

    Afternoon

    • Workshop on carrying out wax-resin linings according to historical approaches (continuation) - Michel van de Laar.
  • Wednesday 10 February – The history of wax-resin linings II

    Morning

    • Workshop on carrying out wax-resin linings according to historical approaches (finishing up) + discussion session with experts in the field.
    • Lecture on the history of the critique of wax-resin linings - Ysbrand Hummelen.

    Afternoon

    • Peer session with supervision of Ella Hendriks, Esther van Duijn, Ysbrand Hummelen, Michel van de Laar and Emilie Froment.
  • Thursday 11 February – Paintings in Dutch collections I and Conservation Science

    Morning

    • Visit of the Rijksmuseum’s paintings conservation studio and of ‘Operation Night Watch’ - Petria Noble and Esther van Duijn.

    Afternoon

    • Lecture the consequences of wax-resin linings for analytical chemistry of paintings - Klaas Jan van den Berg.
    • Lecture on the on-going analytical research of the Night Watch by Rembrandt - Katrien Keune.
    • Peer session with supervision of Klaas Jan van den Berg, Emilie Froment, Ella Hendriks and Katrien Keune.
  • Friday 12 February – Paintings in Dutch collections II

    Morning

    • Visit of the paintings conservation studio of the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem - Mireille te Marvelde and Liesbeth Abraham.

    Afternoon

    • Visit of the paintings conservation studio of the Mauritshuis in The Hague - Sabrina Meloni.

    Evening

    • Screening  of films showing historical restoration treatments, drinks and finger food at Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam.

Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February – weekend break

  • Monday 15 February – Color change I

    Morning

    • Lecture on Research methods and approaches for investigating color changes in paintings after wax-resin linings - Emilie Froment.

    Morning and afternoon

    • Workshop supervised on the influence of the original materials and techniques on color change in ground reconstructions after wax-resin lining - Emilie Froment.
  • Tuesday 16 February – Color change II

    Morning

    • Workshop on the influence of the original materials and techniques on color change in ground reconstructions after wax-resin lining (follow up) - Emilie Froment.
    • The workshop is followed by a discussion session.
    • Lecture on color change in ground reconstructions of 17th century canvas paintings after wax-resin lining – Emilie Froment.
    • Lecture on color change in Van Gogh ground reconstructions and consequences for varnish removal – Ella Hendriks.

    Afternoon

    • Visit of the paintings conservation studio of the Van Gogh Museum and the Mesdag Collection – René Boitelle and Saskia van Oudheusden.
  • Wednesday 17 February – Collection Management

    Morning

    • Lecture on the influence of wax-resin linings regarding aesthetical assessment of paintings -  Margriet van Eikema Hommes
    • Lecture on the influence of wax-resin linings regarding aesthetical assessment of paintings - Paul Taylor.
    • Peer session with supervision of Emilie Froment, Ella Hendriks, Esther van Duijn, Margriet van Eikema Hommes, Paul Taylor, Norbert Middelkoop.

    Afternoon

    • Excursion to the depot of the Amsterdam Museum – Norbert Middelkoop.
    • Lecture on the influence of wax-resin linings for collection management - Norbert Middelkoop.
    • Lecture on the impact of wax-resin linings on mechanical behavior of paintings - Cecil Krarup-Andersen.
  • Thursday 18 February - Mechanical behaviour and Remedial conservation

    Morning – Mechanical behavior

    • Workshop Impact of wax-resin linings on mechanical behavior of paintings - Cecil Krarup-Andersen.

    Afternoon – Remedial conservation

    • Lecture on the questions raised by wax-resin lined paintings for today’s remedial conservation approaches – Jos van Och.
    • Peer session with supervision of Emilie Froment, Esther van Duijn, Ella Hendriks, Ysbrand Hummelen, Jos van Och, Michel van de Laar, Liesbeth Abraham, Klaas Jan van den Berg, Mireille te Marvelde, Cecil Krarup-Andersen and Louise Wijnberg.