Introducing ArtGarden

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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
KU Leuven
University of Antwerp

A project funded by Belspo/BRAIN.

Enriching Heritage: the RICH project

KU Leuven, Maurits Sabbe Library, Bible of Anjou, Naples, 1340, fol. 208r, detail, King Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, receives a book from a scribe, right the added heraldic emblem of one of the first owners of the Bible, Nicollo d’Alifio.

KU Leuven, Maurits Sabbe Library, Bible of Anjou, Naples, 1340, fol. 208r, detail, King Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, receives a book from a scribe, right the added heraldic emblem of one of the first owners of the Bible, Nicollo d’Alifio.

Apart from the digitisation of the documentary heritage of the University Library, the Imaging Lab is also the home of various projects on art-technical imaging. These projects are developed in close cooperation with researchers. A fine example is the RICH project (Reflectance Imaging for Cultural Heritage). Continue reading