Chair: Giuseppina Padeletti, Institute of Nanostructured Materials, CNR

The Special Symposium on Characterisation Methods in Art is focused on the advanced techniques and methodologies used to examine and understand the intricate details of historic and contemporary artworks. This symposium gathers experts from various fields, including art conservation, materials science, and archaeology, to explore the cutting-edge tools and technologies employed in the characterisation of art objects.

Topics Covered:

Microscopical Characterisation of Historic Objects:

– Techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and optical microscopy.

– Case studies highlighting the use of microscopy in uncovering hidden details and layers within historic artworks.

Spectroscopic Analysis:

– Application of techniques like infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) in art analysis.

– Identifying pigments, binders, and other materials used by artists across different periods.

X-ray Techniques:

– Utilisation of X-ray radiography and X-ray diffraction (XRD) for structural and compositional analysis.

– Insights gained from non-invasive X-ray techniques in the study of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts.

Chemical and Elemental Analysis:

– Techniques for detecting and analysing chemical compositions, including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).

– Understanding the degradation processes and preservation strategies for art objects.

Digital Imaging and 3D Modelling:

– Advanced imaging techniques such as multispectral imaging, hyperspectral imaging, and 3D laser scanning.

– Creating detailed digital models for conservation, restoration, and educational purposes.

Material Science in Art Conservation:

– Study of materials used in artworks, including metals, ceramics, glass, and organic materials.

– Innovations in materials science that aid in the preservation and restoration of art.

 Case Studies and Applied Research:

– Real-world examples of characterisation methods applied to notable artworks and archaeological finds.

– Collaborative projects between museums, universities, and research institutions.

 Ethical and Practical Considerations:

– Ethical issues in the analysis and conservation of art objects.

– Balancing the need for scientific analysis with the preservation of cultural heritage.

Interdisciplinary Approaches:

– Integrating insights from chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering in the study of art.

– Collaborative efforts between scientists, conservators, and art historians to advance the field.

This symposium is designed for art conservators, scientists, researchers, and students interested in the scientific study of art. It offers a platform for the exchange of knowledge, the presentation of groundbreaking research, and discussions on future directions in the characterisation and preservation of art. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the tools and techniques that reveal the hidden stories within artworks, contributing to their conservation and appreciation for future generations.

Open for Abstract Submissions until 02 September 2024