RICHARD JOHNSON, JR.
Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick Senior Professor of
Engineering Emeritus, Cornell University
Visiting Research Professor, Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Senior Research Advisor, Frick Art Reference Library, New York
Scientific Researcher, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
CURRENT RESEARCH INTEREST
Computational Art History, specifically using digital signal processing to match manufactured patterns in art supports, principally weave patterns in canvas and inner structural features in antique laid paper
Featured in ``Magic Eye''
, Cornell Alumni Magazine
, vol. 121, no. 6, (May/June 2019), pp. 62-68.
``Professor Johnson taps his engineering acumen -- and a longtime passion for Dutch art -- to explore the materials used
by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and more''
Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Advancement Grant HAA-256123-17,
``Building a Decision Tree for Watermark Identification in Rembrandt's Etchings--The WIRE Project,'' October 2017--March 2020
National Science Foundation Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research
(EAGER) Grant CCF-1822007, ``Automated Watermark and Moldmate Identification,'' March 2018-February 2020
Getty Foundation Digital Art History Initiative Grant ORG-201943572, ``Applying Digital Image Processing Algorithms
to the Study of Prints and Drawings,'' May 2019-September 2021
Getty Foundation Digital Art History Initiative Grant
ORG-202151465, `Computational Characterization of Historic Papers
via Watermarks, Chain Lines, and Laid Lines,''
June 2021-June 2023
``Breaking New Ground: Computational Tools for Art Scholarship'' Signal Processing and Art Conservation Lecture, Lunder Conservation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, July 20, 2017.
``Using Computed Weave Maps to Gain Art-Historical Insight from Vermeer's Canvases,''
Digital Art History Lab Lecture, Frick Collection, May 2, 2017.
``The Watermark Identification in Rembrandt's Etchings (WIRE) Project
at Cornell,'', Digital Art History Lab Lecture, Frick Collection, December 6, 2018.
``Hunting for Paper Moldmates in Leonardo da Vinci's Codices,'' Digital Art History Lab Lecture, Frick Collection, February 18, 2021.
``An Introduction to Mostly Automated Watermark Identification,'' Rembrandt im Spiegel neuer technologische Untersuchungen, Staedel Museum, January 22, 2022.
updated March 10, 2022.