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Technart 2013: Analytical Spectroscopy in Art and Archaeology, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 23-26 September 2013

The international conference TECHNART 2013 was jointly organized by TECHNART and ICOM-CC Scientific Working Group. The goal of TECHNART 2013 was to provide a scientific forum for analytical and conservation scientists to advance and apply analytical spectroscopic techniques to materials in art and archaeology. Materials are interpreted in a broad sense implying paint media, pigments and dyes, stones, metals, glass, ceramics, resins, wood, textiles and synthetic materials.

TECHNART 2013 was hosted at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

All oral and poster presenters were invited to contribute full papers based on the work being presented for publication in this themed series.


  1. Research article

    Synergistic use of Py–THM–GCMS, DTMS, and ESI–MS for the characterization of the organic fraction of modern enamel paints

    In this study, mass spectrometric techniques (THM–Py–GCMS, DTMS and ESI–MS) have been used to characterize the organic fraction of early twentieth century oil-based enamel paints. Analysis has been carried out...

    Maria Kokkori, Ken Sutherland, Jaap Boon, Francesca Casadio and Marc Vermeulen

    Heritage Science 2015 3:30

    Published on: 8 September 2015

  2. Review

    Thin-sections of painting fragments: opportunities for combined synchrotron-based micro-spectroscopic techniques

    Synchrotron Radiation (SR) - based techniques such as SR-μ Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) spectroscopy, SR-μ X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), SR-μ X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES) and SR-μ X-Ray Dif...

    Emeline Pouyet, Barbara Fayard, Murielle Salomé, Yoko Taniguchi, Francesco Sette and Marine Cotte

    Heritage Science 2015 3:3

    Published on: 21 January 2015

  3. Research article

    Hyperspectral imaging, spectrofluorimetry, FORS and XRF for the non-invasive study of medieval miniatures materials

    Illuminated manuscripts are complex multi-layer and multi-material objects. To this difficulty, from the analytical point of view, is added the impossibility of removing samples from these paintings for the st...

    Aurélie Mounier, Gwénaëlle Le Bourdon, Christian Aupetit, Colette Belin, Laurent Servant, Sylvain Lazare, Yannick Lefrais and Floréal Daniel

    Heritage Science 2014 2:24

    Published on: 24 October 2014

  4. Research article

    X-ray tomography of large wooden artworks: the case study of "Doppio corpo" by Pietro Piffetti

    X-ray computed tomography (CT) is now used in the cultural heritage field because it is non-invasive and it can give a large amount of information on the inner structure of the object under study. Until recent...

    Alessandro Re, Fauzia Albertin, Chiara Avataneo, Rosa Brancaccio, Jacopo Corsi, Giorgio Cotto, Stefania De Blasi, Giovanni Dughera, Elisabetta Durisi, Walter Ferrarese, Annamaria Giovagnoli, Novella Grassi, Alessandro Lo Giudice, Paolo Mereu, Giorgia Mila, Marco Nervo…

    Heritage Science 2014 2:19

    Published on: 11 September 2014

  5. Research article

    The Louvre Crucifix by Giotto – Unveiling the original decoration by 2D-XRF, X-ray radiography, Emissiography and SEM-EDX analysis

    Giotto (1266–1337) and his workshop realized c. 1315 the large Crucifix now in the Louvre Museum. The conservation of this masterpiece in 2010–2013 in the C2RMF studios gave the opportunity for a comprehensive...

    Myriam Eveno, Elisabeth Ravaud, Thomas Calligaro, Laurent Pichon and Eric Laval

    Heritage Science 2014 2:17

    Published on: 23 August 2014

  6. Research article

    A multidisciplinary materials characterization of a Joannes Marcus viol (16thcentury)

    Several musical instruments in the past centuries were decorated with engravings, inlays, or paintings. This paper focuses on an integrated approach to detect and characterize the kind of dyes when used for th...

    Letizia Bonizzoni, Claudio Canevari, Anna Galli, Marco Gargano, Nicola Ludwig, Marco Malagodi and Tommaso Rovetta

    Heritage Science 2014 2:15

    Published on: 3 July 2014

  7. Research article

    Towards a new method for coating heritage lead

    Ethanolic solutions of long-chain carboxylic acids can be applied to lead metal substrates to form a coating of lead carboxylate which provides protection against atmospheric pollutants.

    Rosie A Grayburn, Mark Dowsett, Michel De Keersmaecker, Dipanjan Banerjee, Simon Brown and Annemie Adriaens

    Heritage Science 2014 2:14

    Published on: 17 June 2014

  8. Review

    Examination of historical paintings by state-of-the-art hyperspectral imaging methods: from scanning infra-red spectroscopy to computed X-ray laminography

    The development of advanced methods for non-destructive selective imaging of painted works of art at the macroscopic level based on radiation in the X-ray and infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum are...

    Stijn Legrand, Frederik Vanmeert, Geert Van der Snickt, Matthias Alfeld, Wout De Nolf, Joris Dik and Koen Janssens

    Heritage Science 2014 2:13

    Published on: 30 May 2014