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Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Chemistry

Abstract

Identifying materials is exceedingly important for the conservation, interpretation, and long-term preservation of highly prized and culturally important works of art. Detailed knowledge of the composition and structure of the materials used by artists including the chemical properties of these materials is a fundamental component of successful restoration efforts. In this research, a variety of techniques including ultraviolet illumination, infrared photography and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy were used in the analysis of a landscape painting of unknown provenance. The information gained in this initial analysis was then used to guide restoration of the painting using conservation treatments executed with materials and methods compatible with the original work of art. A final analysis of the landscape painting following the restoration process provided information into the effects of the conservation treatments.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Priscilla Gannicott, Dr. Erich Uffelman, and Dr. Barbara Rothermel

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The Chemical Analysis and Restoration of a Landscape Painting of Unknown Provenance

Identifying materials is exceedingly important for the conservation, interpretation, and long-term preservation of highly prized and culturally important works of art. Detailed knowledge of the composition and structure of the materials used by artists including the chemical properties of these materials is a fundamental component of successful restoration efforts. In this research, a variety of techniques including ultraviolet illumination, infrared photography and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy were used in the analysis of a landscape painting of unknown provenance. The information gained in this initial analysis was then used to guide restoration of the painting using conservation treatments executed with materials and methods compatible with the original work of art. A final analysis of the landscape painting following the restoration process provided information into the effects of the conservation treatments.