Lieve Watteeuw

Lieve Watteeuw
KU Leuven | ku leuven · Faculty of Arts; Faculty of Theologie and Religious Studies / Book Heritage Lab - KU Leuven

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Introduction
Lieve Watteeuw currently works at KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts; Illuminare, Centre of the Research of Medieval Art & is Head of the Book Heritage Lab, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. Lieve does research in History of Art, Manuscripts and graphic materials and conservation science. Watteeuw combines historical sources, analytical and imaging techniques to explore material conditions of manuscripts/illuminations/drawings and to document conservation strategies (as. Portable Light Dome, Photometric stereo, MS imaging, HR imaging, MA-Xrf..) Research project are the Codex Eyckensis Project, KU Leuven Charter Project. ARTGarden. Art Technical Research and conservation of mixedmedia ( Belspo 2016-2020), Fingerprint on the graphic work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Belspo, 2016-2020).
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September 2016 - present
KU Leuven
Position
  • Head Book Heritage Lab
Description
  • Book Heritage Lab – KU Leuven, is an innovative expertise lab of KU Leuven for research and conservation of manuscripts, early printed books and documentary heritage, through bookarcheology, imaging and analytical research.
January 2010 - present
KU Leuven
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (44)
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Analysis and scientific imaging of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Observations during restoration: The analytical research techniques and methods of scientific imaging carried out by the KIK-IRPA, IPARC and KU Leuven between 2016 and 2021 brought to light a highly detailed level of new information concerning the original composition of the picto...
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Interactive Pixel Based file formats have been produced over the course of the last two decades by many stakeholders active in the Heritage sector. It is a global story. Its use has facilitated research and dissemination strategies for vast numbers of artefacts, conservation interactions and scientific studies. The technology has been explored and...
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The colorful images in medieval manuscripts have striking characteristics that need meticulous approaches during art technical research in situ, as no sampling is permitted. Visual inspections and images with the microscope can reveal details about techniques and layers of the miniature. In this experimental research we applied two complementary te...
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Multi-light, single-camera imaging techniques like Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI, including PTM, HSH, and PCA-RBF) and the Portable Light Dome (PLD) have been used by cultural heritage scholars and collection curators extensively because of the extra interactive visual information that can be revealed on artefacts when compared to standar...
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A. The objective of the KU Leuven NBMSI Metadata Standard, developed within the framework of the 3Pi project, is to define the required or relevant metadata elements and their parameters for image captures created with a photographic Narrow Band Multi-Spectral Imaging (NBMSI) technology. The determined and selected metadata fields provide informati...
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder was a virtuoso draughtsman of exceptional talent, who created enigmatic and complex compositions on paper throughout his career. In contrast to his paintings, his drawings have rarely been the focus of in-depth art-technical research.
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Single-Camera Multi-Light scanning methods like Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Portable Light Dome (PLD) are being widely used in the cultural heritage sector. Both technologies followed a long development track in collaboration with cultural heritage partners, resulting in matured technologies. In this short paper, we highlight recen...
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In recent years more advanced imaging techniques have been introduced to study, document, curate and preserve our heritage. Pixel+ focuses on two of them: Reflectance Transformation Imaging/Polynomial Texture Mapping and the Portable Light Dome.
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The Proceedings of the Colloquium New Perspectives on Flemish Illuminations constitute an overview of recent research into manuscript illumination in Flanders under the Dukes of Burgundy. In 1959 Léon Delaissé organized the seminal exhibition La miniature flamande. Le mécénat de Philippe le Bon (Flemish Illumination. The Patronage of Philip the G...
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Fingerprint is an interdisciplinary project, involving art history, art technical research, digital imaging, image processing, conservation science and collection and data management. The aim is to use advanced digital imaging, statistical processing and laboratory analyses to monitor and evaluate the phases of the genesis of a print, from the uniq...
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The ArtGarden research project test and develop an efficient ("best practices") matrix (tool - protocol) for monitoring, imaging and documenting (art-technical), fragile historic mixed-media objects. This will be used to facilitate decision making during conservation and preservation practice. The focus of the project is the guiding and evaluatio...
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Producing relevant photographic records in collections with unique and often fragile heritage objects is a serious challenge. Combining both visual and analytic information into such images is a major asset. Over the last decade the development of the Leuven University Portable Light Dome (PLD) has produced numerous such complex datasets. Its outco...
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The ArtGarden research project tests and develops an efficient (”best practices”) matrix (tool - protocol) for monitoring, imaging and documenting (art-technical), fragile historic mixed-media objects. This is used to facilitate decision making during conservation and preservation practice. The casus in ArtGarden is the conservation and preservatio...
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A multispectral, multidirectional, portable and dome-shaped acquisition system is developed within the framework of the research projects RICH (KU Leuven) and EES (RMAH, Brussels) in collaboration with the ESAT-VISICS research group (KU Leuven). The Multispectral Portable Light Dome (MS PLD) consists of a hemispherical structure, an overhead camera...
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When heritage objects are being transformed into digital representations, the loss of information is inevitable. The challenge lies in developing integrated systems able to minimize this loss and bring together as many different kinds of recordable characteristics as possible of one and the same object. This contribution presents an approach that c...
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A multispectral, multidirectional, portable and dome-shaped acquisition system is developed within the framework of the research projects RICH (KU Leuven) and EES (RMAH, Brussels) in collaboration with the ESAT-VISICS research group (KU Leuven). The Multispectral Portable Light Dome (MS PLD) consists of a hemispherical structure, an overhead camera...
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In preparation for the conference “What do we lose when we lose a library?” in September 2015, a small number of Malinese manuscripts were brought to the University of Leuven by the librarian of the Mama Haidara Memorial Library in Timbuktu, Dr. Abdel Kader Haidara. The sixteen manuscripts were digitized by the Imaging Lab of the University Library...
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ANNALES de la Société royale d'Archéologie d'Histoire et de Folklore de Nivelles et du Brabant wallon ASBL 2016 D r Lieve WATTEEUW Professeur à la KU Leuven et D r Marina VAN BOS Collaboratrice scientifique à l'IRPA Un « Jardin Clos » flamand en cuir bouilli du 15 e siècle Production, dégradation et conservation d'un petit panneau en cuir peint
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Multispectral Imaging, photometric stereo, conservation, mobile documentation, non-invasive techniques, art-technical studies
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Microdome for polynomial texture mapping, or Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a method of imaging and interactively displaying objects under varying lighting conditions to reveal surface phenomena (Rich Project, KU Leuven) For book conservation reasons, a slice of the Microdome is removed, allowing the tool to monitor inside the historic b...
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IMAGING WITH PHOTOMETRIC STEREO FOR MANUSCRIPT & CONSERVATION RESEARCH To document surface characteristics of illuminations, supports and pictorial layers, a Microdome was developed in at Leuven University (Belgium). A camera of 28 million pixels is digitizing the objects with omnimulti-directional lighting and export the result to 2D+. The techniq...
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The RICH project (Reflectance Imaging for Cultural Heritage, KU Leuven) is developing a digital imaging tool for researching, studying, and exploring the material characteristics of graphic materials. With this imaging device, the visualization of the topography of medieval book illumination and bookbinding stamps can be monitored. The research pro...
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From the 16th to the 19th century, illuminated manuscripts were collected by the great printer-publisher Christophe Plantin and his Moretus successors and descendants. Ranging in date from the 9th to the mid-16th centuries, the manuscripts in the Museum Plantin-Moretus come from all over Europe, chiefly the Southern Netherlands and France with a si...
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The RICH project RICH (Reflectance Imaging for Cultural Heritage, KU Leuven, 2012-2015) is creating a digital imaging tool for researching, studying, and exploring material characteristics of library materials. In 2005, the first generation of the module was created for reading cuneiform tablets in the department of Assyriology of the University of...
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A new method was developed for t he repair of badly degraded parchment by leafcasting with a material consisting of hide powder, partially pretanned with formaldehyde, and calcium carbonate added as a filler. The opacity of the final solid material, called ‘reconstituted parchment’, was controlled by selecting appropriate amounts of formaldehyde fo...
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The technological study of medieval miniatures and their conservation features are not as self-evident as that of larger scale paintings. Because of their small size and fragile characteristics, they do not leave the library store rooms as easily. In focus of this research is a 15th century book of Hours (Hours of Philips of Clèves, Brussels, Royal...
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Conservation treatment of the Codex Eyckensis (8th century). Testing of parchment pulp leafcasing.
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A conservation project was set up for the Codex Eyckensis, an illuminated manuscript on parchment from the 8th century AD. Poly(vinylchloride) membranes, applied in 1957, were removed. Different options for a new conservation were discussed within the framework of a supervising committee. Research in the field of chemistry, microbiology, codicology...

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The PIXEL+ project aims to formulate and engineer methods to bring together existing multi-light reflectance (MLR) imaging methods. That is to make it possible image datasets (processed or not) from one system can benefit from the processing, viewing and analysis strategies applied by others.