RICHARD JOHNSON, JR.
Watermark Identification in Rembrandt's Etchings (WIRE) Project Timeline (2015-present)
2015 / WIRE Project begun by Rick Johnson (Cornell)
in collaboration with Erik Hinterding (Rijksmuseum) and
Andy Weislogel (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art).
2015 / Fall semester student team develops a branch of the
decision tree for
the foolscap with five-pointed collar and writes software for an
2016 / Spring semester student team expands the decision
tree for three more watermark types (Arms of Amsterdam, Eagles, and Basilisk) and curates an exhibition
"Recognizing Rembrandt: The Science of Art in Printmaking"
on view from May 11 to June 12 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.
2016 / Rick Johnson and Andy Weislogel present invited closing
talk at 60th annual meeting of the
Print Council of America: "Computer-Aided Watermark Identification
and Moldmate Matching in the
Papers of Rembrandt's Etchings".
2016 / The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art makes
a multi-year commitment to the
completion of the decision tree for identifying watermarks
in Rembrandt's prints by subvariant according to Hinterding's
taxonomy as a student project that offers to identify watermarks
in suitable images from owners of Rembrandt's prints
in exchange for permission to add these images to the
set of publicly accessible
images of the watermarks
in Rembrandt's papers.
2016 / Rick Johnson passes the role of coordinator of this project to Andy Weislogel as the project is absorbed into the plans of the
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.