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Synchrotron radiation based techniques for the study of altered metal foil coatings in Baroque altarpieces

Author
Salvadó, N.; Butí, S.; Cinque, G.; Juanhuix, J.; Clemente, C.; Beltran, V.; Pradell, T.
Type of activity
Presentation of work at congresses
Name of edition
Synchrotron radiation and neutrons in art and archaeology 2014
Date of publication
2014
Presentation's date
2014-09-09
Book of congress proceedings
Synchrotron radiation and neutrons in art and archaeology conference
First page
120
Last page
120
URL
http://ipanema.cnrs.fr/spip/IMG/pdf/SR2A-2014-Book_Livre.pdf Open in new window
Abstract
Baroque artists applied metal foils on altarpieces to produce colourful sparkling and shining light effects. Additionally, pigments or dyes were mixed with oils and resins and applied over the silver or gold foils to create also colour shades. However, the effect intended by the artist appears distorted by the alterations occurred over the years resulting from the chemical reactions among the materials themselves and with the environment. Besides, these processes are favoured by the environmenta...
Group of research
AMCH - Analysi of materials in Cultural Heritage
GCM - Group of Characterization of Materials

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