publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

Old traces, read anew – ‘The Reading Hermit’ painting in the light of X-ray fluorescence

B. Schröder-Smeibidl; Christian Seim; C. Laurenze-Landsberg; Ioanna Mantouvalou; Birgit Kanngießer; C. de Boer;
Open Access
  • Published: 28 Apr 2014 Journal: Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, volume 29, page 1,354 (issn: 0267-9477, eissn: 1364-5544, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Country: Germany
Abstract
There exist several very similar looking versions of the painting ‘The Reading Hermit’, all allegedly painted by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (approx. in ∼1630 A.D., Leiden). The classification of Rembrandt's paintings, which were produced by Rembrandt himself, in his academy by his students and the ones being mere copies is a crucial and difficult task. We gathered background evidence and performed elemental analyses by non-destructive micro-X-ray fluorescence (micro-XRF) in order to elucidate the painting's provenance. Elemental distributions of Ca, Mn, Fe and Cu show that the painting was presumably changed during the painting process, which indicates, toge...
Subjects
free text keywords: Analytical Chemistry, Spectroscopy, 540 Chemie und zugeordnete Wissenschaften, X-ray fluorescence, Art history, Painting, Art, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, ddc:540
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Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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