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Geert Van der Snickt

Doctoral candidate
University of Antwerp
Universiteitsplein 1, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
0032 (0)3 620 23 65


Master‘s Degrees earned:

Master in conservation/restoration, University of Antwerp. Master‘s Thesis: 'Blauwe email op vensterglas: samenstelling, bereiding en degradatie‘

Field of Research/are of work on Ensor: 

Research on the identification of painting materials, related degradation phenomena and visualisation compositions painted over by James Ensor and Vincent Van Gogh among others.


  1. Cristina Aibéo, Stien Goffin, Olivier Schalm, Geert Van der Snickt, Nathalie Laquière, Peter Eyskens and Koen Janssens, 'Micro-Raman analysis for the identification of pigments from 19th and 20th century paintings‘, in: Journal of Raman spectroscopy, nr. 8, 2008, pp. 1091-1098.
  2. Joris Dik, Koen Janssens, Geert Van der Snickt, Luuk Van der Loeff, Karen Rickers en Marine Cotte, 'Visualization of a lost painting by Vincent van Gogh using synchrotron radiation based X-ray fluorescence elemental mapping‘, in: Analytical chemistry, nr. 16, 2008, pp. 6436-6442.
  3. Geert Van der Snickt, Joris Dik, Marine Cotte, Koen Janssens, Jakub Jaroszewicz, Wout De Nolf, Jasper Groenewegen and Luuk Van der Loeff, 'Characterization of a degraded cadmium yellow (CdS) pigment in an oil painting by means of synchrotron radiation based X-ray techniques‘, in: Analytical chemistry, nr. 7, 2009, pp. 2600- 2610.
  4. Geert Van der Snickt, Koen Janssens Koen, Olivier Schalm, Cristina Aibéo, Hauke Kloust en Matthias Alfeld, 'James Ensor's pigment use: artistic and material evolution studied by means of portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry‘, in: X-ray spectrometry, nr. 2, 2010, pp. 103-111.
  5. Letizia Monico, Geert Van der Snickt, Koen Janssens, e.a., 'The Degradation Process of Lead Chromate in paintings by Vincent Van Gogh studied by means of Synchrotron X-ray Spectromicroscopy and related methods‘, in: Analytical Chemistry, forthcoming.

Relevant memberships/workgroups: 

AXI2L, Antwerp X-Ray Instrumentation and Imaging Laboratory, research group of the University of Antwerp