The conservation of a piece of artwork is intimately connected with research into the artist's techniques, and the painting's context, art history and conservation history. Abbie Vandivere has been involved in a number of research projects, spanning the 15th century to contemporary art.
Abbie’s research interests include: Early Netherlandish painting techniques, making reconstructions using historically appropriate materials, imprimatura and intermediate layers, the visibility of underdrawing through paint layers, the depiction of changeant (shot silk) fabrics, technical art history, microscopy (polarizing light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy), surface cleaning unvarnished paintings, large-scale retouching of major areas of paint loss or damage.
Please contact Abbie if you have any research needs or opportunities.
Research and publications
- Editor with J. Townsend, Studying the European Visual Arts 1800-1850: Paintings, Sculpture, Interiors and Art on Paper, Conference at CATS, National Museum of Denmark, 15-16/06/2016, Archetype, 2017.
- ‘Surface effects in paintings by Jan van Eyck,’ Van Eyck Studies, Papers presented at the eighteenth symposium for the study of underdrawing and technology in painting, 19-21 September 2012, Brussels, Peeters, 2017, pp. 416-433.
- Contributions to catalogue Genre Paintings in the Mauritshuis: Technical notes; Technical essay, with Carol Pottasch, Sabrina Meloni et al. ‘Beneath the Surface: Distinguishing materials and techniques in genre paintings,’ Zwolle, Waanders, 2016, pp. 26-39.
- ‘A translucent flesh-coloured primuersel: Intermediate layers in Jheronimus Bosch’s paintings,’ Postprints of the 4th international conference Jheronimus Bosch: His Life and His Work, Jheronimus Bosch Art Center, ’s Hertogenbosch, 2016, pp. 352-368.
- with M. Ainsworth, ‘Judith with the Head of Holofernes: Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen's Earliest Signed Painting,’ Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, Vol. 6:2 (Summer 2014), www.jhna.org.
- From the Ground Up: Surface and sub-surface effects in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Netherlandish paintings, PhD Dissertation, University of Amsterdam, 2013.
- ‘Reconstructing intermediate layers in early Netherlandish paintings,’ In Artists’ Footsteps: The reconstruction of pigments and paintings, L. Wrapson et al. (eds.), London, Archetype, 2013, pp. 63-76.
- ‘In search of Van Mander’s primuersel: Coloured intermediate layers in early 16th-century Netherlandish paintings,’ The Artist’s Process: Technology and interpretation, summary of a poster presented at the fourth ATSR symposium in Vienna, September 2010, S. Eyb-Green et al. (eds.), London, Archetype, 2012, pp. 198-199, plates 86-87.
- ‘“Cloeck en veerdigh”: Energetic and Skilful Painting Techniques of the sixteenth-century Leiden School,’ Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, Vol. 4:1, Winter 2011, www.jhna.org.
- ‘In search of Van Mander’s primuersel: Intermediate layers in early Netherlandish paintings,’ In ICOM-CC 16th Triennial Conference Preprints, Lisbon, 19-23 September 2011, ed. J. Bridgland, Lisbon: Critério - Artes Gráficas, Lda.
- with M. Clarke, ‘Changing drapery, recipes and practice,’ Postprints of the conference Vision and Material: Interaction between art and science in Jan van Eyck’s time, Vlaams Academisch Centrum, Brussels, Belgium, November 2010, M. De Mey, M.P.J. Martens and C. Stroo (eds.), published 2012, pp. 235-253.
- with M. Clarke, ‘Purpura and proto-changeant: the earliest representations of shot silk fabrics,’ In ICOM-CC 16th Triennial Conference Preprints, Lisbon, 19-23 September 2011, ed. J. Bridgland, Lisbon: Critério - Artes Gráficas, Lda.
- with E. van Duijn, J.P. Filedt Kok, A. Wallert and M. Wolters, ‘De Leidse Schilders aan het werk,’ Essay in the exhibition catalogue Lucas van Leiden en de Renaissance, Lakenhal, Leiden, 2011, pp. 3-25.
- with E. van Duijn, J.P. Filedt Kok, A. Wallert and M. Wolters, ‘Developments in the underdrawing and painting technique of the sixteenth-century Leiden School, in particular the workshops of Cornelis Engebrechtsz and Lucas van Leyden,’ Postprints of the National Gallery Technical Bulletin 30th Anniversary Conference: Studying Old Master Paintings – Technology and Practice, 2011, pp. 104-110.
- with P. Keune and J. Roeders, ‘Onder de loep: Restauratie van vijf schilderijen’, kM, Vol. 76, No. 27, winter 2010.
- ‘Damiate heroverd: De restauratie van De inneming van Damiate van Cornelis Claesz van Wieringen’, Halszaken, 26, 08/2010.
- ‘Changes of Identity in Garland of Flowers and Vase by G.P. Verbruggen the Younger,’ Oud Holland, Vol. 122, No. 2/3, 2009, pp. 164-180.
- ‘Overschildering in schilderij van Gaspar Pieter Verbruggen II: Bloemkrans en een vaas’ Nieuwsbrief of the Instituut Collectie Nederland, Vol. 11, No. 1, 04/2008.
- ‘Jan Cornelisz. Vermeyen’s Cardinal Erard de la Marck and The Holy Family: A Diptych Reunited?’ The Burlington Magazine, 02/2008, pp. 76-82; Kunstkatern, online magazine for Kunst.nl 11-12/2007; Nieuwsbrief of the Instituut Collectie Nederland, Vol. 10, No. 3-4, 10-11/2007.
- with R. Morrison, A. Burnstock, K.J. van den Berg and H. van Keulen, ‘An investigation of parameters for the use of citrate solutions for surface cleaning unvarnished paintings,’ Studies in Conservation, Vol. 52, Issue 4, 02/2008, pp. 255-270.
- ‘St. Antonius behandeld’ and ‘Een tweeluik?: Twee panelen van Vermeyen onderzocht,’ Halszaken, 09/2007.