Residence: Intermittently since October 2011
Sylvie Neven earned her PhD in History, Art and Archaeology at the University of Liège (January 2011). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow of the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Belgium. Sylvie’s work combines historical, philological, experimental and archaeometrical approaches to focus on written sources in art technology. She uses these sources to study the practices and the resources of the painters and illuminators of Northern Europe from the 14th to the 16th century. At the moment she is specifically interested in artist’s recipe books from the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. She dedicated her doctoral thesis, Les recettes artistiques du Manuscrit de Strasbourg et leur tradition dans les réceptaires allemands des Xve et XVIe siècles (édition, traduction et commentaires technologiques), to one of the most relevant examples of this technical literature, the Strasbourg Manuscript.
For the experimental and archaeometrical aspects of her research, she collaborates with the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussel).
From Cennini to De Mayerne. Artists’ recipes of painting materials and techniques, 1400-1650