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Call for Abstracts: Mobility Creates Masters – Discovering Patterns in Artists’ Grounds 1550-1700 (13-14 June 2019)

This call for abstracts is for a a two-day CATS-conference titled ‘Mobility Creates Masters – Discovering Patterns in Artists’ Grounds 1550-1700, which will be held on 13 and 14 June 2019 in Copenhagen. The focus of the conference will be on issues related to mapping artists’ usage of colored ground layers in paintings in the period 1550-1700. Themes for presentations may address:

  • Cultural exchange and the influence on the color of the ground
  • Trends & geography: material choices for ground layers related to artists’ mobility
  • Network studies: traveling artists, trade and material availability
  • Perception (past and present) of art works related to ground color
  • New tools and methods for investigating and understanding the impact of the color of the ground
  • Databases for storing and sharing data related to research into ground layers

The organizers welcome contributions from a diverse range of fields, including technical art history, art history, conservation and science.

Please submit a preliminary title, abstract (max 500 words) and biography (max 100 words) for oral and/or poster presentation to for consideration by the Scientific Committee. The oral conference presentations will be considered for the peer-reviewed CATS Proceedings (online and hard copy) to be published in collaboration with Archetype Publications Ltd. in spring 2020. For any inquiries please contact CATS at

Conference program, registration procedure and additional practical information will be made available on the CATS-website.

More about the Mobility Creates Masters (MoCMa) research network is available on