Looking over the painter’s shoulder

Looking over the painter’s shoulder

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Joris Dik, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Fine Hall 214

Just microns below their paint surface lies a wealth of information on Old Master Paintings. Hidden layers can include the underdrawing, the underpainting or compositional alterations by the artist. All too often artists simply re-used their canvases and painted a new composition on top. Thus, a look through the paint layer provides a look over the painter’s shoulder. I will discuss case different subsurface imaging techniques and present case studies from the work of Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt.