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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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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’

Artists before Columbus: new research on the Caribbean’s largest concentration of indigenous pre-Columbian rock art

Oct 30, 2017

Published by the Journal of Archaeological Science on 30 October, the paper reveals key discoveries such as the first direct rock art dates in the Caribbean, how pre-Columbian rock-art was made and their paint recipes.

A New Intern

Oct 05, 2017

The Hamilton Kerr Institute is delighted to welcome Ms Molly Hughes-Hallett who will join the Institute's prestigious Internship Programme for the academic year 2017-2018.

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