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Publication . Article . 2021

Ma-xrf for the characterisation of the painting materials and technique of the entombment of christ by rogier van der weyden

A. Mazzinghi; C. Ruberto; Lisa Castelli; Caroline Czelusniak; Lorenzo Giuntini; Pier Andrea Mandò; Francesco Taccetti;
Open Access
Published: 02 Jul 2021
Country: Italy

At present, macro X-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) is one of the most essential analytical methods exploited by heritage science. By providing spatial distribution elemental maps, not only does it allow for material characterisation but also to understand, or at least to have a likely idea of, the production techniques of an analysed object. INFN-CHNet, the Cultural Heritage Network of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics, designed and developed a MA-XRF scanner aiming to be a lightweight, easy to transport piece of equipment for use in in situ measurements. In this study, the INFN-CHNet MA-XRF scanner was employed for the analysis of a painting by the Flemish artist Rogier van der Weyden. The painting belongs to the collection of the Uffizi gallery in Florence and was analysed during conservation treatments at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, one of the main conservation centres in Italy. The research aims were to characterise the materials employed by the artist and to possibly understand his painting technique. Although MA-XRF alone cannot provide a comprehensive characterisation, it nonetheless proved to be an invaluable tool for providing an initial overview or hypothesis of the painting materials and techniques used.

Subjects by Vocabulary

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Art media_common.quotation_subject media_common Art history Cultural heritage Flemish language.human_language language Object (philosophy) Painting


Calco-potassic glass in painting; Flemish painting; Heritage science; INFN-CHNet; MA-XRF; Non-invasive analysis; Opificio delle Pietre Dure; Pigment identifi-cation; Portable equipment; Van der Weyden, Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes, Computer Science Applications, Process Chemistry and Technology, General Engineering, Instrumentation, General Materials Science, MA-XRF, heritage science, non-invasive analysis, portable equipment, pigment identification, van der Weyden, Technology, T, Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General), TA1-2040, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, Physics, QC1-999, Chemistry, QD1-999, Flemish painting, calco-potassic glass in painting, INFN-CHNet, Opificio delle Pietre Dure

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