This is summer workshop opportunity is posted on behalf of a colleague who is 
not on this list.  Inquiries should be directed to Brittany R. R. Rubin 
br...@cornell.edu<mailto:br...@cornell.edu>.

Summer Workshop: Watermark Identification in Rembrandt's Etchings 
(WIRE)―Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY:  June 24-29, 2018

The prints of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669) have captivated 
collectors for centuries. Still, much remains to be learned about his printing 
and production process. The dearth of contemporary documentation about 
Rembrandt's printing studio, along with the frequent posthumous reworking and 
reprinting of his plates, foreground the importance of studying paper 
characteristics in tandem with print connoisseurship, to continue the 
establishment of a Rembrandt printing chronology and bring further discoveries 
to light.

Watermarks-images imparted by paper molds to the European paper supports on 
which most of Rembrandt's etchings are printed-have become particularly 
essential in dating Rembrandt impressions. Building on Dr. Erik Hinterding's 
landmark 2006 study of Rembrandt watermarks, the WIRE 
project<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=d7fqcy7ab.0.0.q4ww4neab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fmuseum.cornell.edu%2Fexhibitions%2Flines-of-inquiry-learning-from-rembrandt-etchings>
 as represented in a current touring exhibition, is building a digital platform 
 to further Rembrandt scholarship by enhancing access to detailed information 
about the over 200 batches of paper used by Rembrandt.

In this five-day residential workshop, set against the beautiful backdrop of 
the Finger Lakes region, a small student cohort will learn about the watermarks 
field and contribute to this important project. In addition to working 
intensively towards completion of individual branches of an interactive 
computer decision tree designed for the rapid identification of Rembrandt 
watermarks, students will:

  *   gain knowledge of the manufacture and imaging of historic papers;
  *   investigate Rembrandt's printmaking techniques with real works of art;
  *   become familiar with print connoisseurship and cataloguing; and
  *   discuss strategies for the visual and semantic differentiation of 
watermarks.
Other topics will include chain line matching for identifying "moldmates" in 
historic papers, and Rembrandt as marketer. The workshop is fully funded by 
NEH, and participants will receive room and board on Cornell campus. Applicants 
should be upper-level undergraduate or graduate students interested in 
printmaking, Rembrandt studies, paper conservation, and/or a general materials 
approach to the study of art. No programming skills are required.

Workshop instructors:

  *   Dr. Andrew C. Weislogel, the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. '47 Curator, Johnson 
Museum of Art (a...@cornell.edu<mailto:a...@cornell.edu>)
  *   Dr. C. Richard Johnson, Jr., Hedrick Senior Professor of Electrical and 
Computer Engineering and Jacobs Fellow, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, 
Cornell Tech (c...@cornell.edu)<mailto:c...@cornell.edu>
  *   Brittany R. R. Rubin, Print Room Curatorial Assistant, Johnson Museum of 
Art (br...@cornell.edu)<mailto:br...@cornell.edu>
  *   Special guest speaker: Stephanie S. Dickey, Bader Chair in Northern 
Baroque Art, Queen's University, Kingston, ON

To apply, please submit a cover letter stating your interest in the workshop 
and detailing how its topics might serve your educational and career interests, 
accompanied by a CV.

Deadline extended! Send materials in a single PDF file to 
br...@cornell.edu<mailto:br...@cornell.edu> by April 27, 2018. Questions may be 
similarly addressed
This workshop has been made possible by the National Endowment for the 
Humanities.


Michele Hamill
Digitization and Conservation Services
Cornell University Library  �O  B-31 Olin Library
Cornell University  �O  m...@cornell.edu<mailto:m...@cornell.edu>  �O  
607.255.5766



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