What We Do
Art Analysis & Research (AA&R) offers unparalleled technical investigations of paintings through our fully equipped and state-of-the-art laboratory. Our expertise in the material structure of paintings is employed to complement art historical judgments, or to produce stand-alone investigations. AA&R applies both technical art history and science-based analytical approaches.
We have decades of combined experience working with painting from the mediæval to the mid-Twentieth century, European Old Masters to the Russian Avant-Garde and American abstract art. AA&R´s work is backed by a deep knowledge of the most appropriate analytical approaches and our extensive research archives of historical materials and painters’ methods. We set the highest standards of professional expertise in the field. We are specialized in the examination of paintings and painted objects, but can provide assistance with other types of materials. AA&R provides a fully confidential service.
Our services include:
Advanced pigment and binding media analysis of historical paint
Ultra-high resolution digital imaging in the visible, infrared, X-ray and with ultraviolet fluorescence
Specialist interpretation of technical imaging
Technical research studies for establishing attribution, condition and dating
Forgery detection and assistance in attribution studies
Legal expert witness provision
Dendrochronology, paper history, wood identification, isotope analysis, radiocarbon and 'bomb curve' dating in co-operation with leading colleagues.
Who We Are
Dr. Curt Bilby, President & CEO
Dr. Curt Bilby has over twenty-five years of executive leadership experience in both the US and Europe that has focused on technology commercialization and company growth across several markets and technologies. Previous to his current tenure at Art Analysis & Research, Dr. Bilby was the President and CEO of Terapio Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company developing a countermeasure for radiation and chemical poisoning in mass casualty situations. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Seahawk Biosystems Corporation, which developed a biosensor based on technology developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Bilby was the Chairman and CEO of Evacyte Corporation, a company that commercialized a laser-based cancer detection and cell diagnostics platform. He also served as the Président-Directeur Général of Eurimed, S.A. headquartered in Paris, France. Dr. Bilby has engineering degrees from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Auburn University and conducted his doctoral work at The University of Texas at Austin. Of note is his selection as a Distinguished Young Alumnus of Rose-Hulman where he was also awarded an honorary doctorate.
Dr. Nicholas Eastaugh, Chief Scientist
Nicholas Eastaugh originally trained as a physicist before going on to study conservation and art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where he completed a PhD in scientific analysis and documentary research of historical pigments in 1988. Since 1989 he has been a consultant in the scientific and art technological study of paint and paintings. A frequent lecturer, he is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. In 1999 he co-founded the Pigmentum Project, an interdisciplinary research group developing comprehensive high-quality documentary and analytical data on historical pigments and other artists’ materials. This led to the publication of The Pigment Compendium in 2004, which quickly became a standard reference text in the field. He is also founder and Director of AA&R. Dr. Eastaugh has wide research and publication interests, including developing chronologies of historical materials and the history of technology as applicable to art materials as well as analytical and documentation standards, databases and novel imaging technologies.
You can view Dr. Eastaugh’s publication record here.
Dr. Jilleen Nadolny, Principal Investigator, London
Jilleen Nadolny obtained a BFA from Pratt Institute, New York, before studying for a double MA degree in History of Art and Art Conservation at New York University. In 2000, she completed a PhD in Technical Art History at the Courtauld Institute, London. Subsequently, she accepted a position at the University of Oslo as Associate Professor in the Department of Conservation, where she taught history and ethics of conservation, technical art history and examination techniques for works of art. In January 2010 she joined AA&R. She has been actively involved in developing the wider field of technical art history, notably with the ICOM-CC Art Technological Source Research (ATSR) working group, helping to organize and edit the proceedings of a number of conferences. Dr. Nadolny’s research and publications focus on art technology of paintings and written sources for the same, the history of scientific analysis of works of art, the reception of scientific techniques and material studies within the field of art history, art forgery and conservation history and ethics.
You can view Dr. Nadolny’s publication record here.
Nica Gutman Rieppi, Principal Investigator, New York
Nica Gutman Rieppi took a BA in History of Art and French at Emory University, Atlanta, before studying for her MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation at the State University College, Buffalo, and an MA in History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She held posts as Andrew Mellon Fellow, John H. McFadden Fellow and Assistant Conservator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since 2001, she has subsequently been Associate Conservator for the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the Conservation Center of the IFA in New York where she also taught graduate students technical examination and imaging techniques. She continues as Adjunct Professor. She has recently joined AA&R as Senior Research Associate, managing the company’s New York office. Ms. Rieppi’s academic interests focus on the technical examination of works of art and she has undertaken and published important studies such as on the recent rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost Salvator Mundi.
You can view Ms. Rieppi's publication record here.
Francis Eastaugh, Director, Business Development, London
Francis Eastaugh trained as an aerospace engineer before joining Art Analysis & Research as an imaging specialist. He led the implementation and continued development of Art Analysis & Research's imaging capabilities. He was also responsible for the inbound sales process and project management of AA&R's imaging projects. For the last 18 months as General Manager (UK) and then Director, Business Development he has worked on developing the Company’s sales and business development efforts leveraging his knowledge of the Company’s product, customers and market. During this process he has worked closely with the company's business development and marketing consultants to engage proactively with art market participants.
Where We've been Featured - Media & Publications
Our work has been featured in a number of articles, on-line publications, television programs and films. For more information, click here.
Our Research Activities
To remain at the cutting edge of our field we engage in research projects in order to develop new tools and knowledge. A description of some of our major projects and a list of our research partners can be found here.
Who We Work With
Our international client base includes leading auction houses, dealers, galleries, private collectors, art advisors, appraisers, museums, conservators and other art professionals.