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November 14 - November 14

Application of NIR spectroscopy to works of art

This webinar focuses on the application of NIR spectroscopy to works of art. The application of fiber optic spectroradiometry for pigment analysis is bringing the art and science worlds together. November's webinar speakers, Dr. Paola Ricciardi and Dr. John Delaney, are scientists that use ASD's FieldSpec® 4 spectroradiometer to examine and analyze the spectral characteristics of pigments in historic art pieces and illuminated manuscripts.

The FieldSpec 4 spectroradiometer is optimized for rapid analysis, does not require sample prep and enables non-destructive data collection.

Registrants of this webinar will learn about the following:
- UV-Vis-NIR's role in luminescence and reflectance spectroscopy in a museum context
- Instrumentation and protocols used
- Cultural heritage analysis challenges: light-sensitive and fragile material, shortage of robust reference samples
- Specific example discoveries on easel paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and historic textiles made using this method

Webinar details

Time: 3:00pm UTC / 9.00 am MST


Dr. Paola Ricciardi is a Research Scientist at The Fitzwilliam Museum (University of Cambridge) where she is responsible for the scientific aspects of the MINIARE research project. She has a Master’s Degree in Physics from the University of Rome and holds a PhD in Cultural Heritage Science from the University of Florence.

Dr. John Delaney is the Andrew W. Mellon Senior Imaging Scientist at the National Gallery of Art. His research focuses on the development of in situ imaging methods for art conservation and understanding of the optical properties of varnishes. He received his Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Arizona and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was the Chief Scientist and Systems Engineering Manager for the U2 Business Unit of Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, Goodrich Cooperation prior to joining the National Gallery of Art.

  • Application of NIR spectroscopy to works of art
  • 14 November 2016, 15:00 - 14 November 2016, 16:00
  • UTC+01:00 Europe/Amsterdam

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