The Imaging Lab is partner in the ArtGarden research project. The project aims to test and develop an efficient (“best practices”) matrix (tool – protocol) for monitoring, imaging and documenting (art-technical), fragile historic mixed media objects. This is used to facilitate decision making during conservation and preservation practice.
The Imaging Lab is involved to investigate the historical materials and techniques through scientific imaging tools such as multi-spectral imaging or the Microdome (developed within the RICH project)
The focus of the project is the guiding and evaluation of conservation treatment and the transportation, display in a museum environment and long-term storage of complex degraded historic mixed media artefacts. Up until now, guidelines have concentrated on one material characteristic. The complex nature of a large number of historic mixed-media artefacts in museum collections is more challenging and less developed. The ArtGarden project combines documentation, conservation and preservation protocols (Terminology defined by ICOM-CC, New Delhi, 2008) to create an innovative tool to support collection care, maintenance, display and valorization of complex historic collection artefacts.
Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, KIK/IRPA
University of Antwerp
A project funded by Belspo/BRAIN.
In a previous blogpost, we introduced the FINGERPRINT project. FINGERPRINT is an interdisciplinary collection and data management project on the exceptional collection of graphic works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (ca. 1520-1569). It involves the collection and processing of a large amount of visual and material data. To obtain that visual data we have an extensive toolbox at our disposal: a high resolution medium format digital back, a motorized repro stand, a Nikon DSLR modified for multispectral imaging with a collection of multispectral filters, the RICH microdomes and much more. A brief overview. Continue reading
The KU Leuven University Archives requested a digital reproduction of a porcelain card. A porcelain card is a 19th century lithographic printing technique that uses either white lead or kaolin to produce prints with a very distinct shimmer (more information here). Because this shimmer is an essential aspect of the porcelain card, we somehow had to preserve some of the shine in our reproduction. Since common digitization techniques are obviously tailored to minimize the amount of reflection, this turned out to be quite a challenge. Continue reading
iQ-Analyzer report, ColorChecker SG – own measurements
In a previous post we discussed the use of the X-Rite ColorChecker SG card and the online platform delt.ae as a means to control and validate the colour accuracy of our digitisation workflows. Whilst that process allows for a quick colour management, we found it to be somewhat insufficient in those cases where we want to take the quality of our captures to the next level. Continue reading
Every now and then, a true masterpiece enters the Imaging Lab at the University Library of the KU Leuven. Currently on the Conservation Copy Stand is an early sixteenth-century masterwork of Flemish Illumination in Ghent-Bruges style: the famous Mayer van den Bergh Breviary. Continue reading
Today marked an important date within the Magister Dixit project (Lectio) as image number 100.000 was captured. Continue reading
The University Library has a collection of 159 posters from the First World War, with the official announcement by the (mostly German) government. These were digitized in recent months and are now accessible online.