Cultural Heritage Science Open Source

Share and learn about Scientific and Technical Examination of Art

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Pigments through the ages

Pigments are the basis of all paints, and have been used for millennia. They are ground colored material. Early pigments were simply as ground earth or clay, and were made into paint with spit or fat. Modern pigments are often sophisticated masterpieces of chemical engineering.


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Universitiy of Glasgow. Postgraduate taught degree programmes

Technical Art History: Making & Meaning

Through object-based, interdisciplinary research, this Masters programme lets you examine the story every art work tells: the story of its making and meaning; the material choices made by the artist; and its survival more or less unharmed, through time. Researching this all-inclusive story of an artefact is known as technical art history.

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J. Dik, E. Hermens, R.A. Peschar, R. and H. Schenk, ‘ Early Production Recipes for LeadAntimonate Yellow in Italian Art’,

Leslie Carlyle and Maartje Witlox, ‘Historically accurate reconstructions of artist’s oil paintingmaterials’.

Arie Wallert , ‘Reading technical sources’.

Mark Richter, ʼShedding some new light on the blue pigment ‘vivianite’ in technical documentarysources of northern Europeʽ,

Ch. Krekel et al., Artists’ pigments reconsidered: does modern science match the historical context?,

Kirby.’The Reconstruction of late 19th century french red lake pigments.’

Erma Hermens, ‘Technical Art History: A Synergy of Art, Conservation and Science’,

Wallert and Hermens. ‘James Mc Neill Whistler Fluidity, finish and experiment’.

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Erma Hermens

Trabajos en la Universidad de Glasgow

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The Art of Making A Workshop on Technical Art History: an Interdisciplinary approach

Dr Erma Hermens

Senior Lecturer in Technical Art History, ArtTA: Art Technology and Authentication Institute,

School for Culture and Creative Arts, College of Arts, University of Glasgow


The 4-day workshop consists of a series of lectures and seminars to which participants are asked to

contribute with ideas, short talks on ongoing projects, proposals for research in this fied etc.


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