International Academic Projects: The Use of Agarose in cleaning painted surfaces

The versatility and limitations of Agarose and Agar Agar in the conservation cleaning of painted surfaces

Tutor: Jørgen Wadum

Platform: Zoom

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was the most innovative history and portrait painter of his time and he had more than 50 recorded students. Most works by these individuals remain anonymous, however their technique reveals aspects of the master’s working habits but also how they adapted this for their own purpose. Comparing Rembrandt’s autograph works with those of his followers offers us insights into the teaching and influences he had on his time. To understand these aspects, we have to submerge to under the skin of the paintings and study undermodellings and -drawings.

Works by Rembrandt and his school can be seen in many museums and the examples discussed are found in museums from around the world.

There will be a 55min presentation followed by 15min of discussion.

Jørgen Wadum is Specialty Advisor of Dutch & Flemish art at the Nivaagaard Collection, Nivå. Until 2020 he was director of the Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS), Copenhagen, and 2012-2016 he held the position as full Professor in Conservation & Restoration at the University of Amsterdam. From 1990 through 2004 he was Chief Conservator at the Mauritshuis, The Hague. He has published and lectured extensively internationally on a multitude of subjects related to technical art history and other issues of importance for the understanding and keeping of our cultural heritage.