Marks and brands on 17th century panel and copper paintings

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


On the reverse of early modern Dutch and Flemish paintings, panel and copper plate makers often marked their products with a personal mark, a monogram or a house-mark. This is particularly known from Antwerp but also occurred in the Northern Netherlands. In Antwerp, after a quality check, the guild of St. Luke also branded the approved supports with a hall mark. These marks provide unique information about dating of the artwork, place of manufacture, maker and trade. Marks on art are difficult to interpret even for art experts, thus a trusty and easily accessible database is being established to fulfil a longstanding wish by conservators, curators and others in the field. A new project called Marks on Art will be integrated into the existing database infrastructure of the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History. This will permit cross-linking between artworks, artists and technical research data including dendrochronological research results.
Period27 Apr 2023
Held atInternational Academic Projects Ltd (IAP), United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational