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Abstract

Dendrochronological analyses of paintings of Gdansk painters of the 15th to the 17th century.

Abstract

'Netherlands Type II' was the name given to a floating tree-ring chronology established from analysis of oak (Quercus robur) panels used by Dutch, German and Flemish painters of the 14th-17th centuries; it was so distinguished because the tree-ring patterns of the panels were similar, but did not cross-match with any existing oak chronologies for the region. Recent analysis of 30 panels of Gdansk paintings has led to the construction of a new master chronology for the Gdansk/Poland/Baltic area. It is shown that the two chronologies are similar; therefore, it is concluded that the Poland/Baltic region (rather than Hesse, Germany) was the source area for much of the oak timber supplied to the Netherlands and adjacent areas in the late Medieval period.