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Inkarnat und Signifikanz - Das menschliche Abbild in der Tafelmalerei von 200 bis 1250 im Mittelmeerraum. Untersuchungen der Materialien und Techniken an Objekten der Antikensammlung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin

The Antikensammlung and the Rathgen-Forschungslabor are cooperation partners in a research project coordinated by the Technical University of Munich on the panel paintings dating from antiquity to the High Middle Ages. Besides art-historical studies the research project focuses on art-technological aspects and on material analyses. The panel painting determines our perception of painting until today, with the representation of the human being as one of its most important tasks. The technical requirements, conditions and parameters of the origin of the panel painting and its further development are subject of this disciplines and epochs overarching research project. The history of development of the panel painting will be verified by the examination of representative examples from antiquity, the early and high Middle Ages in German museums, the churches of Rome and Florence as well as the Monastery of Mount Sinai St. Catherine.

The focus is set on the execution of the flesh tones:

  • Which technique was chosen in order to achieve certain effects at what time?
  • How was the traditional knowledge from antiquity adapted?
  • Is there any coherence between technique and function or original location of the painting?
  • How are social changes and ideological reorientation reflected?
  • The results of the examination will be presented through scientific publications and an extensive web based photo-database.

A selection of objects from the Antikensammlung will be studied in detail in the framework of this project. The Rathgen-Forschungslabor is participating at the project by examining the objects from the Berlin collection using non-invasive analytical methods.

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Sponsor: BMBF Project partners: Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Technische Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Restaurierung, Kunsttechnologie und Konservierungswissenschaft; Doerner Institut
Duration: 2014 to 2017