Symposium: The digital reconstruction of the crucifixion of the Lindau master (ca. 1425)

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Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht and Online

The Crucifixion (ca.1425) of the Master of the Lamentation of Christ in Lindau (which is currently part or the collection of Museum Catharijneconvent) was in a bad condition in the museum depot for decades. Its paint was obscured with dirt and yellowed varnish. Furthermore, it contained many discolorations, darkened retouches and overpaints. The work has been made presentable by conservator Caroline van der Elst for the Body Language exhibition (autumn 2020). It was cleaned to some extent, yet, the restoration is not complete and will continue in 2021.

Utrecht University together with the LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development will organize a seminar in which we offer a unique insight into 3D technology (both scanning and reconstruction) of Factum Arte, the role of the museum and the artwork and the moral and ethical issues involved in scanning and restoring the panel. Furthermore, based on the scans and both the digital and the 3D printed reconstruction, the team consisting of art historian Sanne Frequin (UU), curator Micha Leeflang (Museum Catharijneconvent), restorer Caroline van der Elst, Liselore Tissen (TU Delft, Leiden University) and Willemijn Elkhuizen (TU Delft) will decide how the panel will be restored. The scanning will be decisive in the way both its material and immaterial qualities will be restored and conserved.

Crucifixion After

Digital photo reconstruction where the azurite layer was removed and a golden background was added - Pieter Geelen

The seminar will take place on July 8th 17.00-19.00 CET and will take place in the auditorium of Museum Catharijneconvent. On site we can invite up to 30 people, but the seminar will also be broadcasted live at a high quality. We invite our online participants to join the discussions by participating in our live chat.


17.00 – Welcome & introduction symposium (Sanne Frequin, Universiteit Utrecht)

17.05 - The art historical context of Crucifixion, looking east (Micha Leeflang, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht)

17.20 - The restoration of the crucifixion, the case of the golden background (Caroline van der Elst)

17.35 - 3D-scanning and Factum Arte (Carlos Bayod, Factum Foundation, Madrid)

17.55 - Discussion - the value of a facsimile (Liselore Tissen, Universiteit Leiden/ Technische Universiteit Delft)

19.00 - End

To join our online session, please send your name and email address to: before July 5, 2021.