The ARTECHNE database


The ARTECHNE research database contains fully searchable digitized sources on artisanal techniques, such as recipes, books of secrets, and artist handbooks, from the period 1500-1900, in Latin, Dutch, German, English, French, Italian and Spanish.
The database is rooted in the Colour ConText database, and developed as part of the ARTECHNE research project. Allowing for topic modelling and geospatial visualisation of sources, it helps us to answer the central questions of ARTECHNE: what is ‘technique’ in the visual and decorative arts? And how is ‘technique’ transmitted through texts? This five-year project is supported by the European Research Council, and led by Sven Dupré at Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam.


Project Team

Dr. Marieke Hendriksen, Utrecht University
Prof. dr. Sven Dupré, Utrecht University
Martijn van der Klis MSc, Digital Humanities Lab, Utrecht University
Dr. Jenny Boulboullé, Utrecht University
Thijs Hagendijk MSc, Utrecht University
Mariana Pinto MSc, Utrecht University
Roland van Blokland MA, Utrecht University


The ERC ARTECHNE project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 648718) and is a cooperation of Utrecht University and University of Amste