Advanced Imaging Techniques at the Egypt Exploration Society

Two Saturdays ago a workshop on advanced imaging techniques was held at the Egypt Exploration Society in London. It was taught by Dr Kathryn Piquette, of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. The purpose of the workshop was to train those working in the field in Egypt in a new generation of imaging techniques [...]

Advanced Imaging Techniques at the Egypt Exploration Society2020-03-01T12:39:46+00:00

Imaging Methods for Examination in the Conservation of Art Works

After the course last year at Open Source in Milan on non-invasive analysis and imaging for art works (see https://www.biancamadden.com/non-invasive-diagnostics-for-paintings/), I have been researching further into the subject in order to be able to make more use of these methods in my work.  Currently I am currently working towards a project with colleagues in the [...]

Imaging Methods for Examination in the Conservation of Art Works2020-02-22T08:43:59+00:00

3D Replica and the Search for the Tomb of Nefertiti

The search for a hidden tomb behind a wall of Tutankhamun's burial chamber: Tutankhamun's Tomb: Evidence Grows for Hidden Chamber, last week resulted in the announcement by Egypt's antiquities minister Mamdouh Eldamaty that there is an 'approximately 90 percent' chance that there is 'another chamber, another tomb' behind the burial chamber. The group carrying out [...]

3D Replica and the Search for the Tomb of Nefertiti2020-02-22T08:46:51+00:00

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 announced between the Institute of  Digital Archaeology in Oxford and Harvard University, with a plan [...]

Digital Archaeology2020-02-22T08:47:46+00:00

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 which reveal changes to the original drawings and compositions, and even reuses of canvases.  The [...]

Hidden Layers Beneath a Painting’s Surface2020-02-22T08:49:31+00:00

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 other technical photographic methods for art examination.  The checker includes an interactive table which immediately [...]

Pigments Checker2020-02-22T08:51:52+00:00

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 imaging techniques from infrared reflectography,  UV, and false colour analysis as well as the theory [...]

Non Invasive Diagnostics For Paintings2020-02-22T08:56:43+00:00

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 the way that these technologies were used to identify different greens found in late and [...]

Technology and Egyptian Greens2020-02-22T08:58:48+00:00

Bamyian Buddhas

Having been writing about light projections and the 'restoration' of objects through laser projection: Virtual Restoration, I see the technology has just been used in a one off projection of the destroyed Buddhas of Bamyian.  While clearly a virtual reproduction is no substitute for a destroyed artifact, the use could have a place in reclaiming and [...]

Bamyian Buddhas2020-02-21T12:05:49+00:00

Virtual Restoration

I came across these articles when I was interested in finding out more about the 'restoration' of Rothko wall paintings, now on display at Harvard Museum Gallery, which was carried out entirely by using light.  This restoration was totally non-invasive; the appearance of faded and fugitive pigments (the paintings contained a lot of the light-sensitive [...]

Virtual Restoration2020-02-22T09:02:34+00:00