The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Neterlands develops and disseminates knowledge that can be used to support and improve the management, conservation and accessibility of heritage collections. The Agency also manages its own large art collection and does everything feasible to exhibit that collection to the public. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Neterlands is part of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Through joint research projects with partners from the Dutch and international science and museum sectors, it generates knowledge that can be used to evaluate cultural property and to solve problems in collection management and the conservation of materials and objects. Learn more»

The knowledge centre of The Cultural Heritage Agency conducts technological and material research on art and develops methods and techniques for characterising materials and analysing change processes. Its research findings, guidelines and recommendations are disseminated through a wide range of media for practical application by others.

Against this background, the Cultural Heritage Agency has been working with the Van Gogh Museum and Shell since 2000 on a major programme of research into Van Gogh’s working methods and materials. In January 2005, this work continued in the project Van Gogh’s Studio Practice. The project is enriching our understanding of 19th-century art in general and of Van Gogh’s oeuvre in particular. It is also laying the groundwork for better conservation of this unique Dutch heritage.

The Cultural Heritage Agency’s main contribution to the project is scientific research on artists’ materials and painting and drawing techniques, but it is also responsible for some of the art-historical research involving primary sources.