Pieter Bruegel the Elder under the PLDs

In 2019, worldwide attention will be paid to Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It is then exactly 450 years ago that the famous artist
passed away. Therefore, Bruegel will be celebrated in exhibitions all over the world. But, new exhibitions require new research and research techniques. That’s why the Royal Library of Belgium and the KU Leuven joined efforts in the context of a BRAIN-BE project funded by Belspo. FINGERPRINT is an interdisciplinary project in which art historical and artistic research, digital imaging and image processing, conservation and restoration projects and data management are brought together. All these efforts include as well the use of both the White Light Portable Light Dome (WL PLD) and the Multispectral Portable Light Dome (MS PLD). Their datasets are being combined with the output of standard technical photography techniques. The ultimate goal of the FINGERPRINT project is to join all this static and interactive information and develop tools and methods to analyse objectively drawings, prints and engravings of this master and others; to create a platform to examine and understand a historical artifact automatically.

A first introduction article on this new project in which the PLD systems are being applied has been published in the journal Science Connection by the Belgian Science Policy Agency Belpso:

Joris Van Grieken, Lieve Watteeuw, Bruno Vandermeulen, Marc Proesmans & Maarten Bassens 2017:

  • Fingerprint onderzoekt Pieter Bruegel de oude: De start van een interdisciplinaire studie van zijn tekeningen en prenten (Dutch version),
  • Fingerprint, projet de recherche sur Pieter Bruegel l’Ancien: Le lancement d’une étude interdisciplinair de ses dessins et estampes (French version),

in: Science Connection 45, 32-36.



PLD-team of the RMAH @ the Vatican

IMG_0879Veronique Van der Stede (RMAH & ULB); Anne Devillers (RMAH & ULB); Athena Van der Perre (RMAH & KU Leuven); Hendrik Hameeuw (RMAH & KU Leuven); Vanessa Boschloos (UGent & RMAH)

The PLD-team of the Royal Museums of Art and History participated at the Second Vatican Coffin Conference from the 6th till the 9th of June 2017.  In a paper they demonstrated the uses and results of the multispectral PLD system for the study of the pigment and varnish layers on Old Egyptian coffins.

H. Hameeuw, A. Van der Perre & V. Boschloos: #multispectral, #mobile, #interactive: Imaging polychrome surfaces with the MS PLD system.


Publications (late 2015) in Near Eastern Studies

Publications in Near Eastern Studies which used PLD-technology:

With the white light Portable Light Dome

HAMEEUW H. 2015: Mesopotamian Clay Cones in the ancient Near East Collections of the Royal Museums of Art and History, in: Bulletin des Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Bruxelles 48 (2013), 5-48.

VAN DER STEDE V. 2015, Une statuette d’orant des MRAH, in: Bulletin des Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Bruxelles 48 (2013), 49-56.

HAMEEUW H., GORRIS E., TAVERNIER J. 2015: Written on Mud: Some more Brick Inscriptions from Mesopotamia, in Akkadica 136, 89-101.

With the multispectral Portable Light Dome

VAN DER PERRE A., HAMEEUW H. 2015: Multispectrale beeldvorming: de Romeinse mummieportretten van de Fajoem, in: L. Delvaux en I. Therasse (ed), Sarcofagen. Onder de sterren van Noet, Brussel, 164-165.

VAN DER PERRE A., HAMEEUW H. 2015: La création d’images multi-spectrales: les portraits romains du Fayoum, in: Delvaux, L. and I. Therasse (ed.), Sarcophages. Sous les étoiles de Nout (2015), 164-165.

Light, Shadows and Surface Characteristics: The Multispectral Portable Light Dome

Poster presented @ inArt: 2nd International Conference on Innovation in Art Research and Technology, Ghent, 21-25 March 2016

by: L. Watteeuw, H. Hameeuw, B. Vandermeulen, A. Van der Perre,
V. Boschloos, L. Delvaux, M. Proesmans, M. van Bos and L. Van Gool

Poster InArt2016_Watteeuw et al

A pdf of the poster can be consulted here.