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Tattoo Wall: study of the stability of an innovative decorative technique through hyperspectral imaging and possible application in the mural painting’s restoration
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The main purpose of this contribution is to report some first preliminary analyses of a new and never investigated decorative technique named Tattoo Wall, especially the possible changes due to ageing artificially induced by extreme humidity conditions in view of a possible application in crypts, churches or outside wall paintings. This innovative decorating technique involves transferring digital images on wall surfaces through a transfer paper with solvent-based ink and fixative. For the experimental tests, we chose to work on a color scale as wide as possible, to test each single color, and on different materials. The printed colors were applied on hydraulic mortar, containing marble powder combined with Ledan C30, particularly suitable for restoration in environments with high relative humidity (RH%). Moisture ageing was obtained by placing the sample in a box with RH% fixed to 92% thanks to the presence of salts (sodium sulphate deca-hydrated) for compressively two years (96 weeks). Reflectance spectrophotometry for color measurements and hyperspectral imaging (HSI) were used to assess the effect of high relative humidity exposure. The experimental data were statistically treated in order to evaluate their significance. Testing enabled us to verify the stability and durability of Tattoo Wall® under high relative humidity, with little chromatic alterations. Testing could and should be conducted also on different surfaces and materials (paintings on canvas and wood, oil on wall, etc.) to make it as complete as possible and guarantee the use of Tattoo Wall® in most cases of pictorial reintegration, reducing the risk of human error.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 11058, Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology VII, 110581G (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2525726
Show Author Affiliations
G. Agresti, Univ. degli Studi della Tuscia (Italy)
G. Bonifazi, Sapienza Univ. di Roma (Italy)
G. Capobianco, Sapienza Univ. di Roma (Italy)
L. Lanteri, Univ. degli Studi della Tuscia (Italy)
C. Pelosi, Univ. degli Studi della Tuscia (Italy)
S. Serranti, Sapienza Univ. di Roma (Italy)
A. Veneri, Univ. degli Studi della Tuscia (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11058:
Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology VII
Haida Liang; Roger Groves; Piotr Targowski, Editor(s)

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