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Hamilton Kerr Institute

Fitzwilliam Museum
 

Exposure to ultra violet light can cause some substances to fluoresce. This is particularly useful to distinguish between varnish types and to indentify retouching. Some pigments have particular characteristic fluorescence. Madder for instance fluoresces bright orange. Ultraviolet light can therefore be used to identify a number of characteristics.

 

Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin Number 6

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