INARTProject reference: 17861
Funded under: FP6-SME
Innovative laser based system and technologies for in-situ cleaning of painting Artworks
Total cost:EUR 1 828 920
EU contribution:EUR 1 015 372
Call for proposal:FP6-2003-SME-1
The main objective of this proposal is to develop new technologies of restoration in specific difficult situations and a mobile, flexible laser based system for the in-situ cleaning of easel and mural painting artworks and on-line control of their quality. The proposal aims to develop more advanced approaches to the cultural heritage preservation by taking advantage of the technological/scientific advances in several fields.
The heritage preservation is a crucial issue in today's society and therefore, development or adaptation of new/innovative technologies to the specific requirements of cultural heritage preservation will open new opportunities for the progress of innovative conservation strategies. An innovative strategy for the cleaning of painted art works is thus envisaged by using laser radiation with different wavelengths and by developing a new laser based system able to be displaced and integrated in the conservation/restoration operations of artworks in-situ.
The scientific and technological research objectives are concerned to answer at very specific problems of restorers, providing a new system integrating a mobile laser source that will transmit its radiation through an optical fibre, which will be delivered to the artwork surface through a robotized device, and comprising diagnosis and monitoring tools for the control of the cleaning operation. In parallel, cleaning methodologies for some of the most relevant problems encountered in paintings will be developed.
The constituents of artwork paintings, such as pigments, will also be analysed and characterised chemically and physically. At the same time the interaction study of these materials with the laser radiation will be performed. A database related to this aspect will be defined and made available by the end of the project.
PORTO SALVO (OEIRAS)