Photo by the Van Gogh Museum.
Amsterdam University Press are delighted to collaborate with the Van Gogh Museum on the new international academic book series Van Gogh Museum Studies.
The inaugural volume of the series Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Illuminated: Art Meets Science was launched on Friday 21 June 2019 at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, during the international symposium Van Gogh and the Sunflowers, at which members of the multidisciplinary research team presented their key findings.
Read and download the full press release here.
Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers are seen by many as icons of Western European art. Two of these masterpieces — the first version painted in August 1888 (The National Gallery, London) and the painting made after it in January 1889 (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) — have been the subject of a detailed comparison by an interdisciplinary team of experts. The pictures were examined in unprecedented depth using a broad array of techniques, including state-of-the-art, non-invasive imaging analytical methods, to look closely at and under the paint surface.
Not only the making, but also the subsequent history of the works was reconstructed, including later campaigns of restoration. The study’s conclusions are set out in this book, along with the fascinating genesis of the paintings and the sunflower’s special significance to Van Gogh.
More than 30 authors, all specialists in the field of conservation, conservation science and art history, have contributed to the research and publication presenting the outcomes of this unique project.