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Preliminary Programme of the Conference – Overview

Thursday 20.11.


9:15 Opening remarks

9:30 Session 1: Imaging methods: from inner structure of artwork to its material composition and vice versa
Currently, the traditional division of fine art survey into “restoration” (employing optical methods) and “laboratory-material” one (employing analytical methods) is losing its purpose. The information about material composition can often be obtained non-invasively (without sampling, using mobile instruments or enlarged chambers of laboratory instruments), and one type of device can often provide multiple pieces of information about both the inner structure of the work of art as well as its material composition. This is a call for closer interdisciplinary cooperation already during early stages of the fine art survey.

9:30 J. Striova, R. Fontana, M. Barucci, E. Pampaloni, L. Pezzati: From Leonardo to Michelangelo: insights by VIS-IR reflectography
10:20 M. Iwanicka,  B. J. Rouba, P. Targowski: Optical coherence tomography in painting conservation practice - practical aspects
11:10 J. Blažek, B. Zitová, T. Tichý, V. Vašutová: Optical characteristics of historic pigments under near infrared (NIR) radiation

11:30-11:50 COFFEE BREAK

11:50 J. Žemlička, J. Jakůbek, J. Dudák, J. Hradilová, O. Trmalová: X-ray radiography of paintings with high-resolution (I): Testing and measurements with large-area pixel detector
12:10 K. Janssens: Macroscopic XRF: an improved analytical method for visualization of alterations to oil paintings

13:00-14:20 LUNCH
14:20 Session 2: Special lectures marking the year of crystallography
Crystallography deals with the structure of crystalline substances. Besides their chemical composition, it is another diagnostic characteristic which is being commonly overlooked in the analysis of paintings. There are pigments with similar chemical composition, but in different structural modifications; they may differ by origin, source or manufacturing process. The crystallographical characterisation is based mainly on the symmetry of structures, a parameter that could be applied, in a figurative way, even in fine art or architecture, but with the context differs also the meaning. Through the mediation of symmetry, the ideological message of sacral constructions or ornamental decorations is being revealed. This section will be launched by a contribution to the activity of the Commission on Crystallography in Art and Cultural Heritage of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr).

14:20 P. Bezdička: The activities of the Commission for Art and Cultural Heritage within the IUCr
14:50 E. Pouyet, M. Cotte:  Artistic materials watched under the synchrotron micro-beam

15:40-16:00 COFFEE BREAK

16:00 K. Häfner:  Application of Andrea Pozzo grid as a tool in the technique of baroque quadrature: paintings by Johann Baptist Zimmermann in the vault of a pilgrim church in Wies, Bavaria (UNESCO)
17:00 Closing of the first day
20:00 Evening event: classical music concert

Friday 21.11.

9:30 Session 3: Material analysis in an interdisciplinary scope (“round table”)
The material analysis can often be performed in situ, in the gallery, in the church, without sampling, even with no need of restoration/conservation. The owner of the work of art can turn to anybody. Every piece of information seems to be useful. But who will guarantee it? Today, material analysis directly enters at least three different relations: to art history research, conservation/restoration survey, condition or process monitoring (restoration, conservation, cleaning, materials’ degradation). Each of the relations will be covered by one introductory lecture followed by wider discussion. Before that, David Hradil will summarise the most important research findings of ALMA Laboratory and their interdisciplinary scope, covering the 10 years of ALMA’s existence.

9:30 D. Hradil:  Ten years of ALMA laboratory: from material analysis to painting technique
10:00 I. Fogaš, J. Hradilová, M. Zmydlená:  Stratigraphy interpretation supported by analysis shown on a unique carving “The Mourning of Christ” from the Minorite Monastery in Brno
10:30 K. Vizárová, M. Reháková:  Position and significance of analytical methods in the process of protection of cultural heritage objects on paper
11:00 M. Bartlová:  Do the material analyses firmly support the art historical evaluation?

11:30-11:45 COFFEE BREAK
11:45 Session 4: Case studies
The case studies were selected to showcase the significance of imaging and analytical methods in relation to painting technique interpretation and/or were elaborated in a wider art historical scope. The case study which will stand out is the one closing this section, which deals with the search for the origin of a small travel altar – an exceptional Gothic piece of art.

11:45 J. Alt, B. Altová:  Survey of Royal chapel in Kutná Hora (UNESCO)
12:15 D. Stojkovičová, Z. Ludiková: Restoration of altars in Domaniža: remarks regarding the nature of early baroque production in Kingdom of Hungary

12:45-14:00 LUNCH

14:00 J. Waisserová, R. Tišlová, P. Waisser, T. Köberle: Italian Renaissance stucco of the Telč Chateau – material characteristics and its technological reconstruction
14:30 J. Hradilová, O. Trmalová, J. Žemlička:  X-ray radiography of paintings with high-resolution (II): Two counterpart paintings from the chapel in Vizovice Chateau
15:00 I. Fogaš, Z. Wörgötter, J. Hradilová, D. Hradil, T. Zikmund, J. Kaiser:  The survey of Madonna of the Robert of Anjou’s small travel altar from the collections of the Moravian Gallery in Brno
15:30 Closing remarks

15:45-16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00-18:00 Evening event: tour of the Dominican Monastery