Archaeometrical Study of the ghent altarpiece

01 January 2013 → 31 October 2018
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Conservation-restoration science
Ghent Altarpiece Early netherlandisch painting Pigment analysis Image processing Jan and hubert van eycke Technical examination Binding medium analysis
Project description

The Ghent Altarpiece, painted by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck (1432) will be examined from a technical point of view. The investigations Support the restoration campaign, but will also lead to new insights about the creation of the work. Binding media, varnishes and pigments are studied with gasschromatography – mass-spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence, total-reflection x-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction and a multispectral camera is used for image analysis.