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Using Optical Coherence Tomography to Reveal 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 C., Striova J., Fontana R.

Autors Affiliation: [Targowski, Piotr; Sylwestrzak, Marcin] Nicolaus Copernicus Univ, Fac Phys Astron & Informat, Grudziadzka 5, PL-87100 Torun, Poland.
[Iwanicka, Magdalena] Nicolaus Copernicus Univ, Fac Fine Arts, Sienkiewicza 30-32, PL-87100 Torun, Poland.
[Frosinini, Cecilia] Opificio Pietre Dure, Viale F Strozzi 1, I-50129 Florence, Italy.
[Striova, Jana; Fontana, Raffaella] CNR, Natl Inst Opt INO, Largo Fermi 6, I-50125 Florence, Italy.

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 (27)      Pages from: 7396  to: 7400

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

Citations: 1
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