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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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Secrets of a Cabinet Miniature

Jul 03, 2018

The conservation and analysis of a miniature painting by Isaac Oliver

Celebration of Mary Kempski's Retirement

Apr 23, 2018

Alumni of the HKI, along with painting conservation practitioners gathered at the Hamilton Kerr Institute on Friday 20th April to celebrate Mary Kempski’s retirement.

Praise for Spike Bucklow's 'Red'

Feb 09, 2018

Spike Bucklow's "Red" was placed on the American Library Association's prestigious 'Choice List' of Outstanding Academic Publications, 2017. A review in the Burlington Magazine (CLIX, 2017, p. 737) said it was ‘written by a research scientist but with the flair of a biographer’

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