Scientific Results

Optical Coherence Tomography aids in revealing the hidden history of The Landsdowne Virgin of the Yarnwinder by Leonardo da Vinci and studio

Year: 2018

Authors: Targowski P., Iwanicka M., Sylwestrzak M., Frosinini C., Striova J., Fontana R.

Autors Affiliation: Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics Nicolaus Copernicus University Grudziądzka 5, 87-100 Toruń, Poland;
Faculty of Fine Arts Nicolaus Copernicus University Sienkiewicza 30/32, 87-100 Toruń, Poland; Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Viale F. Strozzi 1 – 50129 Florenze, Italy; National Institute of Optics INO-CNR Largo Fermi 6, 50125 Florence, Italy

Abstract: Abstract: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was used for non-invasive examination of a well-known, yet complex, painting from the studio of Leonardo da Vinci in combination
with routine imaging in various bands of electromagnetic radiation. In contrast with these techniques, OCT provides depth-resolved information. Three post-processing modalities
were explored: cross-sectional views, maps of scattering from given depths, and their 3D models. Some hidden alterations of the painting owing to past restorations were traced: retouching and overpainting with their positioning within varnish layers as well as indications of a former transfer to canvas.


Volume: 57      Pages from: 1  to: 6

KeyWords: analytical methods; material science; non-invasive structural imaging; reflectance imaging spectroscopy; stratigraphy
DOI: 10.1002/ange.201713356