Reseaching an old retable from the 15th century

Recenart team visited in Jämsä on 26th of August to study an old retabel from the 15th century. The retable is extremely well preserved, so it is very interesting piece to research. The team used non-destructive methods and did the whole sampling on site. Pigment analysis can tell a lot of the retable, even where and how it was made. We tell more about the research results, when they are analyzed. More about the research in Finnish in the Jämsän seutu.

Resenart presented in the Authentication in Art congress

The Recenart research team Tiina Koivulahti, Hanna Pirinen and Sepo Hornitzkyj has a poster in the Authentication in Art congress. The aim for the team was to network with the colleagues and get the latest information in Authentication field. Please click the link to see the poster.

Recenart on CATS conference

Our Senior Analyst Seppo Hornitzkyj networked in the CATS conference in Copenhagen and got also to know the newest issues in the art technological studies and conservation.

Manet or not?

Check out our latest video of the pilot Manet or not?

Recenart team is going to TEFAF Art Fair to present the project

Recenart team Hanna Pirinen, Tiina Koivulahti and Laura Aineslahti are visiting TEFAF Art Fair on 19th and 20th of May.

The aim for the team is to meet the potential customers and to find out what services of the Recenart project could be the most needed in the art market.

Click here To find out more about TEFAF Art Fair in Maastricht.

Recenart is presented on Artefacta conference

Teija Luukkanen-Hirvikoski and Marja-Liisa Rajaniemi are visiting Artefacta – the Finnish Network for Artefact Studies on 8-9.5.2014 to present Recenart project. The theme of the conference is How Do We Study Objects? – Analyses in Artefact Studies. Please find out more on Artefacta´s webpage.

Recenart team visits Älvsjö Antikmässan

Tiina Koivulahti, Hanna Pirinen and Laura Aineslahti are visiting Älvsjö Antikmässan in Stockholm 14.-16.2. We will do some customer research on the trip and get to know better the art scene in the Nordic countries. In time the Recenart research team could help the scandinavians to find out more about the origin and about the history of their art pieces. Presuming that there is some gaps in the history of the specific object of art. 

Recenart in Channel 1 news

Yle News interviewed Recenart team in PIXE laboratory. See the clip in here:

Recenart team in Paris Fine Art Fair and Cologne Fine Art Fair

Recenart team, Tiina Koivulahti and Laura Aineslahti visited two fine art fairs in December.

RECENART research team confirmed a Monet painting to be Monet´s

University of Jyväskylä´s press release on the Monet research

University of Jyväskylä´s RECENART mobile laboratory team, Tiina Koivulahti, Juhani Huuskonen, Ilkka Pölönen and Seppo Hornytzkyj visited Serlachius Museums last week. They wanted us to research Monet´s haystack painting, which did not have a visible signature.

With hyperspectral imaging the Monet signature was found underneath the paintlayers. Also the pigment analysis made by XRF-spectrometer confirmed that the pigments are suited to Monet´s production.

To the press release

RECENART technique booklet

... Can be downloaded from here.

RECENART and the Monet painting in the BBC News!

University of Jyväskylä and the Monet research was presented in the international news.

The University of Jyväskylä: RECENART's Monet research was presented in the BBC News.

The imaging was done by hyperspectral camera and the pigment analysis by XRF spectrometer in the Serlachius Museums.

The research was carried out by Art historian Tiina Koivulahti, Material analysts Seppo Hornytzkyj and Juhani Huuskonen, and Ilkka Pölönen the IT-specialist.

RECENART has an agile mobile laboratory, which can research artworks on site.

Monet´s "Haystack in the Evening Sun" can be seen also in Denmark this Autumn

"The painting is due to be displayed at the Monet and the French Impressionists exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark."

More info in Serlachius Museums press release and also Auf Deutsch

Newest research results from the Serlachius collection

In addition to Claude Monet’s painting, ”Haystack in the evening sun”, RECENART confirmed the artists of several other paintings: Eugéne Boudin, Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Ilja Repin and Edouard Vuillard.

Recenart- Research Center for Art researchers, from the University of Jyväskylä, finalised their Serlachius museum reports last spring. In addition to Claude Monet’s painting, ”Haystack in the evening sun”, Recenart confirmed the artists of several other paintings: Eugéne Boudin, Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Ilja Repin and Edouard Vuillard.

The only surprise was a painting that was acquired to the collection as a work by  Pehr Hilleström ; it turned out that the painting was bearing an Ida Silfverberg signature. The auction painting, purchased in 2000 by the art foundation, turned out to be a Hilleström forgery. The signature of the popular Swedish artist was painted in a clumsy manner both to the front and back of the painting

The work of Finnish Ida Silfverberg is fairly unknown to the public; she spent a large part of her life abroad. Her Ducat prizes, received during what could be considered the prime of the artist’s career in the 1860s, increased the appreciation given to her in artist circles. However, only a few paintings of Silfverberg ended up in art collections.

The artworks from the Kivijärvi collection were recognised

Five French paintings, representing realism and modernism, belonging to the Kivijärvi collection donated to Mänttä in 2011, were investigated. All the artist’s names, such as Corot, Courbet, Morisot, Boudin and Vuillard, met the expectations. The art pieces were shown in the Turku art museum’s ”Harry Kivijärvi” exhibition, which presented the artist’s own works in addition to his collections of art from the past.

In addition to researching Monet’s painting, another impressionistic painting by Camille Pissarro garnered publicity. In a television program of current affairs, a pictorial of Pissarro’s ’Shephard girl resting in the grass’ was presented and its history of ownership was put into question. It was the results from a Recenart analysis that confirmed the authenticity of the art piece. Information, gathered by the researcher of Musée D’Orsay in Paris was publisised. According to that information, the piece of art has been acknowledged internationally; it has been documented in Parisian archives. Moreover, remnants detected on the back of the artwork ,relating to the famous Parisian gallerist Paul Durand-Ruel’s art slips, helped to clarify the history of the piece of art. Durand-Ruel supported the impressionists and channelled their works to the buyers. As an art collector, he acquired a significant collection of his favourite impressionists, among others specifically Monet and Pissarro.

Recenart makes use of the University of Jyväskylä’s multiscientific expertise

Optical and material scientific research of art combined with expertise in art history forms the core competency of RECENART. A customer presents a question to the research team, and the team gives objective and unbiased research result as an answer. Searching for information often means inspecting the art work on the elemental level, and/or capturing pictures taken from a nanometric level. RECENART serves various organisations and art collectors internationally; those seeking additional information on the history or the authenticity of the art work. 

More information about the scientific research gives Hanna Pirinen,, +358 (0)50 428 5264. Provenance questions can be addressed to Tarja Talvitie, Serlachius Museums. +358 (0)40 638 6700

Artnet: The Top 10 Biggest Art Discoveries in 2015: RECENART and the Monet analysis

6. Researchers find Monet's hidden signatureResearchers at Finland's University of Jyväskylä used a hyperspectral camera and an XRF device to uncover Claude Monet's signature obscured under a layer of paint in A Haystack in the Evening Sun. Until now, researchers have been skeptical of the authenticity of the 1891 painting due to the missing signature.