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Optical coherence tomography for painting diagnostics
Author(s): T. Arecchi; M. Bellini; C. Corsi; R. Fontana; M. Materazzi; L. Pezzati; A. Tortora
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Paper Abstract

In the last few years many non-destructive techniques have entered the field of painting conservation, and most of them are routinely applied to study and monitoring the painting status. Among them optical techniques are by now widely diffused and extremely well received because of their effectiveness and safety, nevertheless none of them is suitable for a quantitative characterization of varnish. One of the most important and often controversial stages of painting restoration is the surface cleaning process up to now being carried out without any tool to measure the actual varnish thickness but microscope observation of micro-detach. In this work we present an application of Optical Coherence Tomography to non-destructive diagnostics of artwork: the potentiality of this technique is demonstrated by measuring the thickness of the varnish layer in a fragment of a nineteenth-century oil painting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5857, Optical Methods for Arts and Archaeology, 58570Z (12 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.612558
Show Author Affiliations
T. Arecchi, Univ. of Florence (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
M. Bellini, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
C. Corsi, European Lab. for Non-linear Spectroscopy (Italy)
R. Fontana, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
M. Materazzi, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
L. Pezzati, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
A. Tortora, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5857:
Optical Methods for Arts and Archaeology
Renzo Salimbeni; Luca Pezzati, Editor(s)

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