2018

The Watermark Identification in Rembrandt's Etchings (WIRE) Project at Cornell

video still of watermark wire lecture in 2018 at The Frick Collection

The chronology of Rembrandt's print production has been linked to his usage of batches of paper, each identified by the presence of a specific watermark or its twin. Using a decision tree strategy and a chainspace match comparison, the Watermark Identification in Rembrandt's Etchings (WIRE) Project at Cornell has developed a computer-based interrogatory allowing identification of the watermark from a Rembrandt print among more than 500 possibilities in a matter of minutes. Observations having art-historical impact can be gleaned from watermark identification in Rembrandt's etchings.