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Development of a novel and integrated portable non destructive analysis system for the documentation of artworks.

Development of a novel and integrated portable non destructive analysis system for the documentation of artworks.

Objective

The scope of the project is the development of an integrated non-destructive portable analysis-diagnosis system (called InfrArtSonic) for the 3D sampling and reconstruction of painted artworks. The system will be of a unique and invaluable aid for art hist orians and restorers in the frame of documentation of cultural object in the Mediterranean area. The system will unify different modalities such as 3D ultrasound microscopy, VIS-nIR-mIR spectroscopy and digital imaging. Using data fusion methods the system will be able to display the depth profile of the paint layers of an artwork as well as the local distribution of the pigments in each of these paint layers. In brief: 1.The InfrArtSonic system will constitute a powerful non-destructive documentation tool for artworks. The system will provide with: 2. The overview of the stratigraphy without sampling. 3. Possible previous overpaintings as well as the reveal of previous restoration attempts. 4. The authenticity of the artwork. 5. The painting technique and m aterials used. The methods that will be used and optimized taking into consideration several special aspects of the present proposal for the acquisition of the needed and relevant information are 1. Acoustic microscopy. 2. VIS-nIR-mIR Spectroscopy and nIR-mIR imaging. Special methods will be developed in order to fuse all the available information and thus maximize the benefit obtained by the information that is provided from each of these methods. As soon as a definite and exact result is derived from the fusion of the data, a 3D model will be used in order to display the results in a user friendly visual way. Using acoustic microscopy the depth profile of the paint layers? is definitely possible. Using VIS-nIR-mIR spectroscopy the local distribution of th e materials (pigments) will be identified. Using the complementary information provided by these methods, the local stratigraphy of the artwork will be obtained.

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Coordinator

SACRED CONVENT OF THE ANNUNCIATION -IMSP

Address

Ormylia
Ormylia

Greece

Administrative Contact

Georgios KARAGIANNIS (Dr)

Participants (7)

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ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI

Greece

BYZANTINE ACADEMY OF CYPRUS, LABORATORY OF RESTORATION OF ICONS, PAINTINGS AND MANUSCRIPTS - -THE HOLY ARCHBISHOPRIC OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

CENTER FOR DOCUMENTATION OF CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE

Egypt

CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI

Italy

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

ROYAL SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY

Jordan

SAINT JOHN OF DAMASCUS FACULTY OF THEOLOGY - UNIVERSITY OF BALAMAND

Lebanon

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 15338

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 609 428

  • EU contribution

    € 1 259 988

Coordinated by:

SACRED CONVENT OF THE ANNUNCIATION -IMSP

Greece