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.

 

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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.

Using PLD images for the publication of Seleucid stamp seal impressions

HAMEEUW H. & VAN OVERMEIRE S. 2015: The Seleucid Bullae from Uruk in the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, in: Mesopotamia 49, pp 113-142, pl 5-13. (article on academia.edu)

The Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH ) Near Eastern collections contain six large Seleucid bullae. These originate from the city of Warka (Uruk), where German archaeological teams began excavating in 1902, with systematic digging starting in 1912/1913 and lasting until 2002. Seleucid bullae were found in several rooms around the Bit Rēš sanctuary and they are now the property of museums world-wide. On the RMAH bullae, H. de Genouillac notes in a publication on a Sumerian-Babylonian vocabulary: «Ce beau “syllabaire” provident d’une trouvaille faite à Ouarka au printemps 1912 et comprenant 17 tablettes de présages et une centaine de contrats de l’époque des Séleucides, Il a été acquis par le Musée de Bruxelles avec divers spécimens de la même découverte.». Among them are most probably eight legal cuneiform documents and the six bullae presented here; as such, they all received successive collection numbers in the RMAH museum register.

3 recent publications (late 2014) in Near Eastern Studies

Below 3 recent publications (late 2014) in Near Eastern Studies which used PLD-technology:

BOSCHLOOS V., HAMEEUW H. & VAN QUICKELBERGHE E. 2014: Scarabaei Chananaei Lovanienses: Middle Bronze Age ‘Hyksos’ Seal-Amulets in the University Museums of Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Res Antiquae 11. (article on academia.edu)

GODDEERIS, A. & HAMEEUW H. 2014: Een Trans-atlantische Hereniging. Interactieve Opnames Reconstrueren een Oud-Babylonische Erfenisoorkonde, Phoenix 59/2, 67-78. (article on academia.edu)

BOSCHLOOS V., DEVILLERS A, GUBEL E., HAMEEUW H., JEAN C., VAN GOETHEM L., VAN OVERMEIRE S. & OVERLAET B. 2014: The Ancient Near Eastern Glyptic Collections of the Royal Museums of Art and History Reconsidered, Bulletin des Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire 83, 23-43. (article on academia.edu)