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 and practice of X-ray fluorescence.

The course was extremely helpful, with strong practical as well as theoretical content.  I am hoping over time to learn more and start to develop and use some of these techniques in the examination and conservation work on pieces in my studio in Oxford.

These method of non invasive analysis are also particularly useful in site work,  when traditional analytical methods such as paint sampling can be difficult or restricted, for example in Egypt (as mentioned on this blog already: Technology and Egyptian Greens).They were used successfully by the team from the Centre of European Archaeometry at the University of Liège in the study and research of the paintings as part of the project at  The Tomb of Menna with which I was involved in 2007 and 2008.

A short article about using imaging technology in the examination of an art work can be found here:

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And more information about Simone Caglio and the summer lab is on his website: www.simonecaglio.it