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Fingerprinting Art and Cultural Heritage - In Situ 3D Non-Contact Microscale Documentation and Identification of Paintings and Polychrome Objects

Objective

A project is proposed for the development of a system for the non-contact high-resolution fingerprinting of paintings and polychrome objects of art and cultural heritage. The compact system will consist of the in situ measurement of the roughness of selected areas of a painted surface at (sub)micron scale, spectral pigment and dye identification, and accurate colour digital documentation of the entire object.

This will provide a long sought after non-destructive method for "marking" and identifying valuable painted objects of art and cultural heritage by using the 3D micro-characteristics of the otherwise 2D surface of the object. Specifically, the (sub)micron roughness and spectral information at a certain (proprietary) location in an object's surface is a true "marking", unique to the painted object, and, in fact, the artist's "signature/fingerprint". Combined with an accurate colour digital image of the object, this information can be used to develop a comprehensive digital archiving system for museum collections, and vastly improve the traceability of objects on loan and in transport. The objectives of this project clearly fit into Task 2 of the Policy oriented research Priority 8.1.B.3.6 - "The protection of cultural heritage and associated conservation strategies".

However, FING-ART-PRINT will also be an excellent tool for the non-destructive analysis and detection of forgeries of objects, the objective of Task 1. For objects, which are already known to be authentic, FING-ART-PRINT will provide an identification method, which will be virtually impossible to forge, given the resolution attainable by the system, and the fact that the location, size and orientation of the fingerprint will only be known to the owner of the object. Finally, FING-ART-PRINT will provide an excellent non-destructive tool for studying the effect of conservation treatments and/or aging on the surface condition of painted surfaces, and their reversibility, as required by Task 4.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/law
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/optical sensors
  • /humanities/arts/visual arts
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/application software/graphic design
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/colors

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SSP-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
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Coordinator

INSTITUUT COLLECTIE NEDERLAND
Address
Gabriel Metsusstraat 8
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Participants (5)

NANOFOCUS AG
Germany
Address
Im Lipperfeld 33
Oberhausen
ELDIM SA
France
Address
Rue D'epron, 1185
Herouville Saint Clair
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS VI
France
Address
4 Place Jussieu
Paris
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Address
University Road, Highfield
Southampton
SACRED CONVENT OF THE ANNUNCIATION IMSP
Greece
Address
Ormylia - Chalkidiki
Ormylia