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. The researchers are from Art history-, Physics-, Chemistry- and Mathematical information technology departments. We provide concrete and unbiased research results about works of art.

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Example of results
Example of results

Scientific Techniques

RECENART applies the latest technology in researching fine art, archaeological artefacts and minerals. The team constantly develops existing and new research technology.

The following scientific techniques are available in RECENART:

  • Elemental & structural analysis and dating techniques:
  • Optical analysis techniques: hyperspectral imaging,
    X-ray, photogrammetry, raking light, UV- and IR
    spectrographic analysis, stereomicroscopy
Learn more about scientific techniques

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Provenance and Attribution Research

One of the art historical research methods applied by RECENART is attribution research. Attribution means the authorship of a work of art. To determine the attribution it is necessary to study the following points:

  • Style
  • Subject
  • Provenance
  • Technique and materials

Together all these help us to contextualize the work of art.

Provenance means the chronology of the ownership, to include the custody or location of the art object from the time of its creation by the artist until the present day.

A documented provenance may strengthen the attribution to a specific artist and prove the authenticity of the work of art.

An accurate attribution and a complete provenance add value to the work of art.

Learn more about art historical methods


Collection management services

RECENART offers for private, corporate and institutional clients various collection management services. Our art historians and conservator take care of inventory of collections and condition reporting. We also consult about relocations, disposals and security plans, and evaluate the collection or single works of art on demand.


Mobile Laboratory

RECENART has an agile mobile laboratory, which can do practically all the research needed on site.

It includes:

  • XRF Specrometer
  • Hyperspectral imagers
  • USB-microscope

Micro sampling equipment, which allows us to research the samples with:

  • Raman
  • FTIR
  • XRD

Learn more about these equipments and techniques