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The Eye or Chemistry? Connoisseurship and Technical Art History for Authentication.
The first technological studies of art works and their material was founded in Berlin in 1888; the ‘Chemisches Labor der Königlichen Museen zu Berlin’, now the ‘Rathgen-Forschungslabor’. The ‘Versuchsanstalt und Auskunftsstelle für Maltechnik, München’followed in 1902 and in the US ‘Center for Conservation and Technical Studies’, now ‘Strauss Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard’ was established in 1928. Soon after the ‘Laboratori di Restauri at the institute of Opificio delle Pietre Dure’ inaugurated in Florence in 1932. Since then another ten or more internationally renowned institutes devoted to the scientific studies of cultural heritage objects as well as the training of conservator-restorers have emerged.
CATS has experience in offering short 3-4 day courses in technical art history where art historians, auctioneers and additional fields of interest can experience the full range of analytical possibilities available in order to gain understanding of what a sound and scientifically founded survey of the complex structures of paintings may offer. The courses focus on the interdisciplinary and technical evaluation of paintings in order to decide on further examinations to complement and consolidate suggestions of authorship.
This paper will explain the structure of the courses offered by CATS and describe a few case studies in which collaboration between connoisseurs, conservators and conservation scientists would have been beneficial.