Belgium, Antwerp

Burgundian Blacks by ROOHTS (Research on the Origins Of Historical Techniques)

when 1 July 2019 - 5 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 650

The days are divided in a theoretical morning followed by practical work in the afternoon.

After a general introduction on historical technology and knowledge mediation you will be introduced to art technological sources and recipes relevant for the study of black dye, ink, and paint from pre-industrial Northwest Europe.

Through theoretical courses, we will focus on recipes and protocols, and the difficulties typically experienced during reading and interpretation, such as ambiguities related to the procedures, materials and the ingredients’ nomenclature.

During the practical part of the summer school you will work in duo and practice different techniques such as dyeing black on textiles, making inks and pigments. The goal is to experience, observe and assess.

As social activities, we will have dinner in Antwerp and a visit to the Museum Hof van Busleyden in Malines where we will visit the exhibition Back2Black.

You will document your practical work, methodology, ingredients and the obtained results.

In the end, you will have acquired the skills necessary for reading, understanding, interpreting and reconstructing historical recipes.

Course leader

Natalie Ortega

Target group

Master and PhD students in conservation – restoration, (technical) art history, curators, artists and professionals.

Course aim

Intensive 5-day programme on black coloured art materials: study and reconstruction of historical recipes for black dyes, inks and paints.

Credits info

3 EC
3 ECTS credits can be awarded upon successful completion of the programme:

Participants will prepare for this summer school with a literature study (an orientation in the field of) and a selective bibliography (given by University of Antwerp).
Participants have to be present during the full duration of the summer school.
Participants will write a report about their work.

Fee info

EUR 650: Professionals
EUR 500: Students