publication . Article . 2015

Innovative Imaging Techniques for Examination and Documentation of Mural Paintings and Historical Graffiti in the Catacombs of San Giovanni, Syracuse

Cosentino, Antonino; Stout, Samantha; Scandurra, Carmelo;
Open Access Italian
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Editura Universitatii "Al.I. Cuza" din Iasi
This paper presents scientific and technical examination of two mural paintings and their historical graffiti located in the catacombs of San Giovanni in Syracuse, Sicily. Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), Infrared Photography, 3D Photomodeling are presented as innovative imaging techniques used to capture significant details of the palimpsest, along with XRF non-invasive point analysis. These methods were performed on the Philadelpheia palimpsest and on the arcosolium of the Madonna. RTI technique was tested as a valid tool to enhance the readability and documentation of the numerous historical graffiti covering some of the murals, which are of high int...
free text keywords: BR Christianity, CC Archaeology, CN Inscriptions. Epigraphy., D111 Medieval History, DG Italy, NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament, QC Physics, QD Chemistry
Funded by
NSF| IGERT: Training, Research and Education in Engineering for Cultural Heritage Diagnostics
  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 0966375
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Education & Human Resources | Division of Graduate Education

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Received: August, 08, 2014 Accepted: January, 13, 2015

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