RKD Netherland Institute for art History
Infrared reflectography, x-ray examination and paint sample analysis: the Technical Documentation collection contains the results of various forms of technical examinations of paintings. The RKD collects, manages and indexes documentation on material technical examinations and the restoration/conservation of art objects. This documentation is available in both digital and analogue form to researchers and any other interested parties. Technical documentation can offer insight into the creative process, the condition and history of art works and is therefore an important contributing factor in the study of art history. The RKD also indexes technical documentation from other parties, such as for use in The Rembrandt Database.
Paintings are examined at the request of museums, other institutes or private parties, with the aid of special machinery for infrared reflectography (IRR). They are then added to the collection. See Research with infrared reflectography.
The RKD’s technical documentation can only be consulted by appointment and under the supervision of a staff member. This is due to the fragile nature of the material and that some specialist knowledge is necessary for a correct interpretation. Certain sections of the collection are currently being (further) indexed and are therefore not yet fully available. If you are unable to visit the RKD, or would like information on whether certain documentation is available, then contact the department staff (see details below).
The RKD can deliver (digital) photographs of technical documentation for study purposes and/or publication. Certain conditions apply. See Ordering visual material.
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