NICA GUTMAN RIEPPI
NICA GUTMAN RIEPPI
MANAGING DIRECTORNica Gutman Rieppi is the Managing Director at ArtDiscovery and has worked on many high-profile projects, including the rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost Salvator Mundi. She assists the foremost art advisors, auction houses, galleries and private collectors around the world, helping bring value to their works of art. Ms. Rieppi gained her expertise working at world-class institutions and collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as the renowned Samuel H. Kress collection. She is a respected speaker, having lectured across the globe for esteemed institutions such as the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, Sotheby’s Institute, Christie’s Education, Korean Art Management program in Seoul Korea, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Rieppi’s findings on technical art analysis have been widely published and her work has gathered world-wide attention in publications such as Heritage Science, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Town & Country as well as in PBS, Netflix and other global media outlets. Nica obtained a BA in History of Art and French from Emory University, Atlanta, a MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation at the State University College, Buffalo, and a MA in History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Senior Scientist and Laboratory Manager
Senior Scientist and Laboratory ManagerBhavini Vaghji is a Senior Scientist at ArtDiscovery leading the materials laboratory for the company. She has performed scientific analysis on an extensive range of materials from works of art in museums and private collections world-wide. Mrs. Vaghji built her expertise working with the Pigmentum Project and joined ArtDiscovery at its inception. Subsequently, she has spent over ten years specialized in the analysis and identification of art materials, especially pigments and binding media, using a broad range of organic and inorganic analytical techniques from Raman microscopy to Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. Her accurate and detailed analyses have formed the basis of many high-level legal cases and authentication investigations. Mrs. Vaghji has built the company’s Raman and FTIR spectral libraries based on the Pigmentum Collections which are used routinely as part of ArtDiscovery’s unique and proprietary protocols. Notable projects include the study of paint cans from Jackson Pollock’s studio, which she published as a co-author, and investigations of the materials of Russian avant-garde painting. Bhavini obtained a BSc in Chemistry with First Class Honours from University College, London, and holds a MSc in Forensic Science from King’s College, London.
PROF EM. DR. JAAP BOON
Subject Matter Expert
PROF EM. DR. JAAP BOON
Subject Matter ExpertProf em Dr Jaap J Boon geochemist and analytical mass spectrometrist was senior research scientist and group-leader at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in Amsterdam from 1983 till his retirement in 2012. Was professor in molecular palaeobotany and analytical mass spectrometry at the University of Amsterdam from 1988 till 2008. Is active as art material scientist since 1993 and is (co)-author of about 450 papers and promoter of 36 PhD students. Masterminded and coordinated the NWO MOLART and De Mayerne program for Art Science and Conservation of easel paintings from 1995-2006. Is recipient in 2007 of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science Gilles Holst gold medal for innovating contributions at the cross road of chemistry, physics and art.
His research focus changed gradually from identification of chemical constituents in complex materials towards chemical microscopy and spectroscopic imaging of pigments, binding media and their interactions in paintings. In recent years has been working on works by Jordaens, Vermeer, Van der Goes, Rothko, Amiet, Munch, Appel and Malevich. Collaborated as research associate at SIK-ISEA (Swiss Institute for Art Research) in Zurich from 2010-2015 to perform material scientific work using various synchrotron X-ray methods to study paint cross sections and thin sections. Also developed tools to perform neutron radiography of the stratigraphy of paintings to study water transport in primed canvas.
Boon started the company JAAP Enterprise for Art Scientific Studies in 2007 to perform advanced art and materials science studies of paintings and bronzes for museums, galleries and private restorers. His company designs custom XY-translation stand systems for high magnification digital microscopy and microspectroscopy of paintings for museums and art research institutions. Main present paintings research involves metal soaps formation processes and studies of the development of mobile polar fractions in modern (Soulages, Riopelle, Appel, Jorn) and contemporary oil paintings (van Hemert) leading to fluorescent exudates and oozing drips.
DR. JILLEEN NADOLNY
DR. JILLEEN NADOLNY
DIRECTOR, UKDr. Jilleen Nadolny is the Director of ArtDiscovery’s UK office and has served our clients on a broad range of high-profile projects world-wide over the course of the last decade. She has worked across the art market, with auction houses to law firms, from museums to private collectors. Her research fluency in a number of European languages has enabled ArtDiscovery to successfully undertake complex international projects and her skills in both art history and art science make her an effective project leader. She has worked with catalogues raisonnés and on larger museum investigations as well as with art authenticity disputes for our clients in the legal context. Dr. Nadolny gained her expertise working at a variety of leading institutions both in the USA and Europe. She is a sought-after speaker, having been invited to lecture at, amongst others, the University of Cambridge, Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute, University College London, The Ashmolean Museum, The Technical University (Munich), The Swiss Institute of Art Sciences, and The Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna). She is recognized internationally for her contributions in the field of art technology and has contributed to foundational publications such as Conservation of Easel Paintings, as well as publishing many articles in books and peer-reviewed journals, additionally, editing several collaborative volumes. In the popular press, she has represented the company repeatedly for the BBC, Vice Media, the Süddeutche Zeitung and The Art Newspaper amongst others. Jilleen holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, New York, a double MA degree in History of Art and Art Conservation from New York University and a PhD in Technical Art History from the Courtauld Institute, London. Earlier, she taught technical art history and conservation as Associate Professor of Conservation at the University of Oslo. She is currently a member of ICOM-CC.
DR. JOANNA RUSSELL
DR. JOANNA RUSSELL
Senior ScientistJoanna Russell is Senior Scientist at ArtDiscovery specializing in both the imaging and material analysis of works of art. She uses x-ray, infrared, ultraviolet and other imaging techniques to investigate the materials and construction artworks, sometimes revealing hidden features such as underdrawings or changes in composition. Dr. Russell also uses a wide range of scientific methods to identify pigments and binding media and to visualize techniques of paint application. She has had over seven years’ experience working in scientific research departments in museums, first at the British Museum, where she held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, and then at the National Gallery, carrying out projects on a wide range of subjects, including on the materials and techniques of Renaissance drawings on the identification of natural dyes and on the categorization of preparatory layers in paintings. Dr. Russell has presented her work at international conferences in London, Boston and Copenhagen, and has published on subjects including Francis Bacon’s painting materials and the metalpoint drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer. She has also taught on Conservation training programs at Northumbria University and at City & Guilds of London Art School.
Joanna holds an MSci in Chemistry with Conservation Science from Imperial College, London, an MA in the Conservation of Easel Paintings from Northumbria University, and a PhD in the analysis of the painting materials used by 20th century artist Francis Bacon, also from Northumbria University.