Scientific Results

Scientific analysis underpinning the multidisciplinary project “The Leman Album: an Enhanced Facsimile”

Year: 2019

Authors: Manca R., Burgio L., Button V., Browne C., Turner OH., Rutherston J., Cartechini L., Doherty B., Grazia C., Paolantoni M., Rosi F., Barucci M., Fontana R., Tournie A., Andraud C., Michelin A.

Autors Affiliation: Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7 2RL, England; Univ Florence, Dept Earth Sci, Via La Pira 4, I-50121 Florence, Italy; Ist CNR Sci & Tecnol Mol CNR ISTM, Via Elce Sotto 8, I-06123 Perugia, Italy; Univ Perugia, Dipartimento Chim Biol & Biotecnol, Ctr Eccellenza SMAArt, Via Elce Sotto 8, I-06123 Perugia, Italy; Univ Perugia, Dipartimento Chim Biol & Biotecnol, Via Elce Sotto 8, I-06123 Perugia, Italy; Ist Nazl Ott CNR, Largo Enrico Fermi 6, I-50125 Florence, Italy; Museum Natl Hist Nat, Minist Culture & Commun, CNRS, CRC,USR 3224, CP21,36 Rue Geoffroy St Hilaire, F-75005 Paris, France

Abstract: The Leman Album is Europe’s earliest group of dated designs for woven silk known to survive. For the past two years it has been studied by scientists, conservators, curators, archivists, makers and historians, using a truly interdisciplinary approach under the auspices of the V&A Research Institute (VARI), generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This paper focuses on the scientific analysis of the designs, which pursued multiple targets, such as investigating the nature of degradation processes, e.g., fading or darkening of the pigments and dyes; uncovering the underdrawing and any amendments; and identifying the artists’ materials, in order to inform conservation, storage and handling procedures. The analyses took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and involved V&A staff as well as researchers from other institutions through the EU-funded consortium IPERION-CH. Selected results will be made available to the wider public through a web-based platform: the enhanced facsimile.

Journal/Review: EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL PLUS

Volume: 134 (6)      Pages from: 267-1  to: 267-13

KeyWords: RAMAN-SPECTROSCOPY; IDENTIFICATION; PIGMENTS; MANUSCRIPT; SULFIDE; LIBRARY; DYES
DOI: 10.1140/epjp/i2019-12668-0

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