Wietske Donkersloot, presently senior associate of CODART, has been appointed Mellon Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) and the Mauritshuis as of 1 March 2008. She will be engaged as project coordinator in the Mellon Pilot Project Technical documentation of Rembrandt paintings.
The RKD, one of the leading art historical information centers in the world, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague, which houses one of the most important collections of 17th-century Dutch paintings, have received financial support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York to undertake a collaborative project for conservation documentation in digital form. The purpose of this Mellon Pilot Project is to make the results of technical and art historical research on paintings electronically accessible for different levels of interpretation by specialists and the general public. This will be accomplished by adapting, expanding and connecting existing RKD databases into a network accessible through the websites of the RKD and the Mauritshuis.
The project will initially focus on a test group of nineteen paintings by, or (formerly) attributed to Rembrandt in the collection of the Mauritshuis, most of which have been recently treated and thoroughly investigated. After the test phase, it is anticipated that the network would expand to include technical and art historical documentation of paintings by Rembrandt in other museums and institutions. For more information: http://mac.mellon.org/issues-in-conservation-documentation
Wietske Donkersloot will not leave the CODART bureau entirely. Until the end of the year she will continue to work for one day a week on the CODART website project. She has worked for CODART since February 2001 in different positions.
Wietske Donkersloot: “I am looking forward to this new challenge in my working career and I am very excited to be able to work with excellent research institutions such as the RKD and the Mauritshuis restoration studio. I am also happy that I can stay in touch with CODART and that I can finish the website project in a successful way.“
New contact information as of March 2008:
Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD)
P.O. Box 90418
NL-2509 LK The Hague
T +31 70 333 9777 (switchboard)
For matters pertaining to the CODART website project, Wietske Donkersloot can still be reached at email@example.com through 2008.