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The muller was a crucial tool for seventeenth-century artists. Before the artist’s brushes even touched the canvas, paints had to be prepared by grinding pigment and binder on a stone with the muller. Pressure, speed, and length of mulling co-determine how a paint flows from the brush – thin, thick, buttery, syrupy - and thus have an impact on the look of the painting. Maartje Stols-Witlox, associate professor paintings conservation at UvA, regularly takes up a muller herself to reconstruct historical paint recipes. In this talk she discusses how research into artistic practices may be enriched by the unique contribution of sensory methods such as reconstructions.

Event details of ACSEM Object Colloquium: The Muller
Date 14 March 2023
Time 15:30 -17:00
Location University Library
Room Doelenzaal

Spoken language: English.
Drinks on location (at the UB) afterwards.

Amsterdam Centre for Studies in Early Modernity (ACSEM)

ACSEM is formerly knows as Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age. The new name comes with a new annual program - the Object Quolloquia Series. The series has the overarching theme: Exploring the World through the Material Turn. All speakers have taken up the challenge of creating a coherent, interdisciplinary program. Thanks to them, it promises to be a year of in-depth discussion and new acquaintances. The full annual program can be found below. 

The Object Quolloquia Series

The Object Colloquia Series explores the world through the material turn. Each interdisciplinary duo of speakers takes one object or product as a point of departure to study and discuss various aspects of Early Modern art, culture, and history. These series are organized by the Amsterdam Centre for Studies in Early Modernity (ACSEM).

University Library

Room Doelenzaal

Singel 425
1012 WP Amsterdam