If you book a Kukullus tour in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for the coming weeks, be prepared for a few unusual treats. Not only will a special guest of honour be explained to you, Lucas van Leyden 's Last Judgment, a huge altar piece, which is currently on loan in the Gallery of Honour - one of the highlights of Renaissance painting in the Netherlands.
For a while, you will also be able to witness how very specialized research is being conducted on a group portrait by Frans Hals and Pieter Codde. The "Meager Company" is scrutinized carefully: A high-tech X-ray machine scans every millimetre of the painting. This will hopefully enable the experts to find out how exactly this painting was created by the hands of two quite different artists of the 17th century.