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Digital Archaeology

While not exactly about practical conservation work, a news item last month seemed to give a bit of hope for the wider picture of, if not preserving, at least making a record of cultural heritage in danger.  The collaboration was…

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St George and the Dragon

Over the last month I have worked with my colleague, conservator of polychrome sculpture, Seppe Roels, on his project on a couple of pieces of beautiful 16th century polychrome wooden sculpture, in Belgium. The pieces were from M Museum, in…

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Hidden Layers Beneath a Painting’s Surface

I came across this fascinating article about an interactive interface created by Met Media Lab intern Betty Quinn, which allows museum visitor to explore the hidden layers of paintings.  The technology used to produce this interface were non-invasive imaging techniques…

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Pigments Checker

Another really useful conservation tool from Cultural Heritage Science Open Source, following on from the Multispectral Imaging for Art initiative, is their Pigments Checker for historical pigments. It has 54 swatches of historical pigments designed for infrared photography, ultraviolet photography and…

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Tutankhamun: Tomb Reconstruction

Further to the earlier posts on visual interpretations: Bamiyan Buddhas, and Virtual Restoration, as well as the recent news coverage about the tomb, a piece about the reconstruction of the Tomb of Tutankhamun seems apposite. This project was started in…

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Northampton Museum Sekhemka

While not exactly about conservation, the case of the Northampton museum Sekhemka, sold amid outrage at auction last year, which lead to the barring of the museum from the Museum’s Association membership, the loss of  its Arts Council accreditation, and…

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More Analysis For Pigments

As well as the non invasive analytical methods already mentioned in this blog (Non Invasive Diagnostics for Paintings) when appropriate, and where traditional sampling can be undertaken, pigment identification through polarized light microscopy  is a particularly helpful as a quick…

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Non Invasive Diagnostics For Paintings

This summer I attended an excellent two week lab workshop run by Simone Caglio, a specialist in analysis and non invasive diagnostics for art work.  The course was held at the laboratories of Open Care in Milan – and covered…

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Beauty: Conservation and Reconstruction

The Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greece exhibition at the British Museum contained many beautiful pieces.  Two of the most striking also stood out as having interesting stories, which related to the application of research, conservation and restoration.  One…

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Technology and Egyptian Greens

Further to the project to create an affordable system of multispectral imaging available to all conservators mentioned here previously, Multispectral Imaging for Art, I came across this very good presentation of a paper on ASORtv, by Caroline Roberts. It discusses…

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