A non/micro-invasive dendrochronological examination determines the possible felling date of the trees that were made into the panels and, therefore, the approximate date of their use by the painters and their studios. The panel makers’ individual punch marks and the quality control brand marks of the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke will be examined, collated and identified. This also assists with the dating of a wood panel. Please click the link for an example report (by kind permission of the owner) – the Apostle Bartholomew by a young Van Dyck – lo001-bartholomew . The findings support the art historical view that it was painted by Van Dyck circa 1618.
The JVDPPP team is travelling to examine nearly 300 oil paintings on wood panel by Van Dyck and Jordaens in 97 public and private collections in 21 countries. To date, the team has studied 49 paintings across the world, from the National Gallery in London to the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico.
JVDPPP is actively searching for paintings on wood panel in public and private collections by Van Dyck and Jordaens to examine. Please contact us if you have a painting which can contribute to this important project.