23 August to 1 September 2011
THE IMPACT of OIL. Historical painting techniques in early Netherlandish Painting
The mornings will be devoted to presentations by members of the research project The Impact of Oil: A history of oil painting in the Low Countries and its consequences for the visual arts, 1350-1550 (http://www.impactofoil.org/) and a few excursions to relevant museum collections. The lectures will focus on the workshop practices in early Netherlandish painting and the technical aspects of the use of oil as a binding medium and its potential to create illusionistic effects. In the afternoons, a practical workshop will be given based on the study of original paintings from the Rijksmuseum collection, which will be on hand in the studio.
The paintings are:
- St .Valerian and St .Cecilia by the Master of the Brunswijk diptych, inv. 3305/06
- Christ visiting Martha and Mary by Cornels Engebrechtsz, inv. SK-A-2232
- Geertruy Haeck-van Slingelandt kneeling in prayer before St Agnes by an anonymous Dordrecht school artist, inv. SK-A-3926
For more information about the paintings, see: http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/early-netherlandish-paintings
The participants will prepare pigments, grind them with different types of oils, and use these paints to create a reconstruction of an area from one of the paintings. They will also be given the opportunity to try out gilding and applied brocade techniques (so-called "press brocade"). Special emphasis will be placed on the various techniques used to depict specific fabrics: gold-brocaded velvets, shot silks, and translucent textiles. Oil paint lends itself well to producing different kinds of textural effects because of its relatively slow drying, blending ability and translucency. A number of the sessions will occur jointly with the Made in the Netherlands course.
Workshop by Esther van Duijn, Abbie Vandivere
Lecturers: Jeroen Stumpel, Jan Piet Filedt Kok, Arie Wallert, Margreet Wolters, Marjolijn Bol, Ann-Sophie Lehmann, and others
Location & working hours: Ateliergebouw, Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam. Weekdays from 9.00-17.00 hours; excursions to Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam (Wednesday August 24) and the Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden (Saturday August 27).
Target group The course is primarily intended for graduate students, professional conservators and art historians specializing in this field. There will be a maximum of 20 participants. The ability to communicate well in English is required.
There are still places available.
Application Candidates will be selected on basis of their detailed curriculum vitae and letter of motivation.