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Micrography

Microscopic examination of cross sections of the paint layers, taken from damaged areas of a picture, can help to establish how the painting was created. Putting together the original sequence used in adding the different layers of priming and paint can explain the process used by the artist. This can also be used to help identify which pigments were used. Key pieces of information can often be gleaned from the smallest areas.

Detail of a feather taken from a medieval manuscript

Photographic Services - Micrography

 This image represents an area of the order of 5mm in width in the original

 

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Jun 22, 2017

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May 18, 2017

Conservators at the Hamilton Kerr Institute have won the 2017 Museums and Heritage Award for Restoration/Conservation for their Restoration of Sebastiano's Adoration of the Shepherds.

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