Imaging reveals a painting's secrets

DECEMBER 26, 2007--Experts at Nottingham Trent University in England (www.ntu.ac.uk) are developing imaging technology that aims to provide exciting new insights into museum painting collections.

Dec 26th, 2007

DECEMBER 26, 2007--Experts at Nottingham Trent University in England (www.ntu.ac.uk) are developing imaging technology that aims to provide exciting new insights into museum painting collections. The method, which could enable improved conservation of precious artwork, involves using a multispectral camera system capable of capturing details invisible to the naked eye.

The portable design features a filter wheel mounted to a camera, which captures light from frequencies beyond the visible light range. This makes it possible to provide important new information about the paint layers and exact nature of the pigment used by the artist, helping conservators to identify and repair damage caused over time. For more information, go to http://www.ntu.ac.uk/news/press_releases/57452.html.

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