Leica Microsystems and the Gallery
Represented in more than 100 countries, Leica Microsystems is a market leader within microscopy. The company manufactures a wide range of products for microscopic image creation, measurement, and analysis. The innovative enterprise is devoted to quality, so the Gallery is very pleased to have entered into collaboration with Leica Microsystems. For the Gallery’s investigative exhibition Illuminated – Tracing Bosch and Bruegel Leica Microsystems have kindly lent us a microscope for our visitor’s use.
Illuminated – Tracing Bosch and Bruegel
The exhibition Illuminated – Tracing Bosch and Bruegel takes visitors on a journey of discovery. A remarkable Dutch painting from the 16th century looks strikingly like three other paintings. The materials and the style of painting point towards the painters Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder, but at the time artists would freely copy motifs and techniques from others. It is not, then, possible to determine who executed the paintings simply by observing them with the naked eye, but the conservator’s examinations delve beneath the surface and help reveal the true origins of the paintings. The exhibition presents a reconstruction of the conservators’ workshop, allowing visitors to experience how conservators work behind the scenes. We are very grateful to Leica Microsystems for lending us a microscope that allows the gallery’s visitors to examine the cross sections and pigments themselves.