Sources on Art Technology: Back to Basics

The sixth symposium of the ICOM-CC Working Group Art Technological Source Research, Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 June 2014 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

After five earlier successful symposia in Amsterdam, Madrid, Glasgow, Vienna and Brussels the biennial ATSR symposium returns to Amsterdam in 2014 for discussion about the working group's base: the art technological sources themselves and their research. Background for this symposium forms the large collection of art technological sources from the middle ages until today in the library of the Rijksmuseum. Discussions will therefore be about: artist's notebooks, practical treatises, studio interiors, workshop inventories, documents on the trade in artists materials, and databases for art technological sources.

The preceding symposia showed that the profound disclosure of such material is of paramount importance for both art historical as well as material-technical research. This concerns insight into the coherence between the style of a work of art and the materials and techniques used in its production. Knowledge on documents containing information on production methods and knowledge on the conservation of art works are also indispensable. A better understanding of source material is therefore basic to all further study of art objects.

We wish to bring together members of the ATSR working group again, but very much welcome and encourage all professionals interested in art technological source research to submit abstracts. We emphatically invite art historians to contribute, but also welcome relevant contributions from other disciplines, such as conservation science, book history, and the history of science and technology.

Contributions to the symposium are considered, either as oral presentation or as poster, on the assumption that they are not planned for publication elsewhere. They should be original material that has not been published. Contributions should be related to the research of art technological sources – printed or written, texts or images – through all times and places.

Call for Papers and time table

Accepted abstracts have been notified

Conference Program

Preliminary Program


Guidelines Oral presentations (pdf)
Guidelines Poster presentations (pdf)


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The registration fee includes a conference programme booklet, refreshments and lunch, complimentary 3-day entrance to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

Registration fees

Non ICOM member:
Before 15 May 2014: € 200
After 15 May 2014: € 250

ICOM members:
Before 15 May 2014: € 150
After 15 May 2014: € 180

There are no more student tickets available. There was a limited number of reduced fees for students (20).

Cancellation fees:
€ 180

Single Day Participation:

Social events
During registration you can also register for the following social events:

  • On Monday 16 June 2014 a Conference Dinner will be organized in a restaurant in Amsterdam. The costs of the Conference Dinner at 45 euros per person are not included in the registration fee and have to be paid in cash at the conference. Details about the Conference Dinner will be published in the programme on a later date.
  • A free tour of the Conservation building (het Ateliergebouw) will be organized on Monday 16 June 2014. There are 90 tickets available for this tour.

Practical information about the Venue

Practical information (pdf)

Contact information

Mail address: Hobbemastraat 22, 1071 ZC Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)20 674 70 00


Johanna Kast-Michel Fonds / Rijksmuseum Fonds