Research Centre for Art

RECENART®, the European art research centre in Finland, offers unique on-site, as well as portable, analytical services for the art world. Built on the infrastructure of the University of Jyväskylä, RECENART has its foundation in the synergy of experienced art historians and innovative scientists. We provide concrete and unbiased research results about works of art.

RECENART combines traditional and scientific techniques to study art and artefacts. We offer our services for those who are interested in the history of art and its authenticity. In Jyväskylä, Finland, we have excellent hi-tech facilities and use the most up-to-date research methods of art history to examine art objects as well as archaeological artefacts.

Investing in art is not only a satisfying aesthetic experience; oftentimes, some uncertainty regarding the authenticity of a specific artefact can prevail. We believe that the authenticity of an art object can best be certified by combining attribution and provenance research. With the latest scientific techniques, we are able to help you discover the history of your art object and also examine its authenticity. 

RECENART is funded by private and corporate investors. Our co-operation with the University of Jyväskylä continues as well. The financing company, Unifund Jyväskylä Ltd has invested in our business. In addition, during 2016–2017 RECENART is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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Meet our Research Team

Research methods

In art historical research, we apply the following methods: inventorying the works of art and conducting attribution and provenance research (research on the authenticity and origin of an artefact).

For the material technical research, we use a raking light examination, an ultraviolet fluorescence and reflected ultraviolet examinatin, an infrared spectrometer, X-ray radiography, a Raman microspectrometer, a scanning electron microscope (SEM) fitted with energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) a hyperspectral camera, a powder X-ray diffractometer and PIXE (Particle-Inducted X-Ray Emission).

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