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The Laboratory of Art Analysis (LabArt)

The main goal of the Laboratory of Art Analysis is to analyse the collection of paintings of the museum of Louvain-la-Neuve, in order to study them as well as, in some cases, to guide preventive conservation. The idea is, in the midterm, to combine this tool with a policy of exchange of knowledge between the museums in Wallonia and beyond.

The technological analysis of paintings understand the study of the canvas and frame, as well as the study of paint layers. The methods of investigation are :

  • Stereomicroscope
  • Ultraviolet fluorescence
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Radiography
  • XRF (microfluorencence X)

In addition, the Laboratory offers its services to private people desiring an opinion on authenticity, condition and eventually, a first hypothesis of attribution. Four possibilities (pricelist on demand) :

  • Consultation : The consultation provides an estimation of the age and conservation. This analysis is based on stereomicroscope (with possibly of the analysis of one point of pigment with XRF). The consultation does not result in a written report. Duration: about an hour.
  • Material analysis : After consultation, further study may be considered if relevant (quality of work, suspicion of fake...). This study leads to a written report, which includes an hypothesis for authenticity, condition, age of the paint. It is mainly based on a detailed exam with stereomicroscope, X-ray examination, XRF, infrared reflectography and examination under ultraviolet light. The report is documented with pictures. Minimum duration : about a month.
  • Specific analysis : In some cases (for example, as an answer to specifics questions of a restorer), the laboratory produces specialized and limited documents (radiography, pigment analysis, infrared reflectography) with interpretation. Minimum duration : one week.
  • Expertise report : Includes material and stylistic analysis of the canvas and, if relevant, a proposal for attribution. Minimum duration : one month and a half.


For any questions, please contact Jacqueline Couvert :

Laboratoire d'analyse des œuvres d'art
Musée L
Place des Sciences 3 Bte L6.07.01
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
010 / 47 86 54