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The Rembrandt Database - research project Berlin Gemäldegalerie
On Rembrandt’s Visual Strategies - interdisciplinary research project The Berlin Gemäldegalerie has one of the most comprehensive collections of Rembrandt paintings in the world. Since 2011 this important collection has become the subject of a long-term interdisciplinary research project. The aim of the research project is to conduct for the first time in-depth analysis by comparing data of technical research (in particular neutron-activation autoradiography) with art-historical findings. The core of these examinations consists of an integrated study on provenance, exhibition history and restoration history on the one hand, and new analyses of the painting techniques on the other. By linking material-technical and art-historical facets, the findings can be embedded in their original iconographic and cultural-historical context. The project will focus on new insights relating to the genesis of the paintings, the development of subjects and motifs, as well as Rembrandt’s artistic and painterly technique. By combining technical and art-historical research within an interdisciplinary team the project will achieve innovative results that are beyond previous research. All relevant information covered in the project will subsequently be made accessible to the public as part of The Rembrandt Database. This information will include: data from the technical analysis of the paintings, the actual scans made using scientific imaging techniques (NAAR, X-radiography, infrared reflectography and microscopic imaging techniques), the accompanying explanations of the images, their art-historical interpretation, the historical records relating to the people and institutions responsible for commissioning and collecting the works, and all other related documents that have been gathered over the years. Persons involved: Dr. Katja Kleinert, research associate, history of art, Gemäldegalerie Claudia Laurenze-Landsberg, research associate, art technology and expert in neutron-activation autoradiographs, Gemäldegalerie
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