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Laser-based systems for the structural diagnostic of artwork: an application to XVII-century Byzantine icons
Author(s): Vivi Tornari; Antonia Bonarou; Paolo Castellini; Enrico Esposito; Wolfgang Osten; Michael K. Kalms; Nikos Smyrnakis; Stergios Stasinopulos
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Paper Abstract

Laser diagnostic systems based on shearography, vibrometry, and holography principles were employed to investigate the potential implementation of laser techniques in art conservation structural diagnostic field. The employed techniques offered the required measuring variability to allow a first discrimination on complex diagnostic uncertainties encountered often in art conservation. The systems were tested and used to assess the structural condition of well-documented Byzantine icons with known structural problems. Defects and mechanical deformations were identified in various distances from the artworks by alternative employment of techniques. In this way simultaneous eligibility classification of the used systems was also obtained. Results of the on-field application on the XVII century Byzantine icons are herein presented with discussion on the prospects of the techniques in the diagnostic field of art conservation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4402, Laser Techniques and Systems in Art Conservation, (22 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.445660
Show Author Affiliations
Vivi Tornari, Foundation for Research and Technology--Hellas (Greece)
Antonia Bonarou, Foundation for Research and Technology--Hellas (Greece)
Paolo Castellini, Univ. degli Studi di Ancona (Italy)
Enrico Esposito, Univ. degli Studi di Ancona (Italy)
Wolfgang Osten, Bremen Institute of Applied Beam Technology (Germany)
Michael K. Kalms, Bremen Institute of Applied Beam Technology (Germany)
Nikos Smyrnakis, Benaki Museum of Athens (Greece)
Stergios Stasinopulos, Benaki Museum of Athens (Greece)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4402:
Laser Techniques and Systems in Art Conservation
Renzo Salimbeni, Editor(s)

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