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Joint Working Group Meeting - The Non-Invasive Analysis of Painted Surfaces: Scientific Impact and Conservation Practice

Wednesday 13 February 2013 (Categories: Paintings, Scientific Research)

The ICOM-CC Painting and Scientific Research Working Groups, in partnership with the Lunder Conservation Center
and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, present

The Non-Invasive Analysis of Painted Surfaces:
Scientific Impact and Conservation Practice

Lunder Conservation Center
McEvoy Auditorium
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20003

This two-day event, hosted by the Lunder Conservation Center in Washington D.C. on February 20 and 21, 2014, will focus on recent advances in technology and instrumentation for the analysis of painted surfaces.

While non-destructive and micro-destructive analytical methods are often essential for the study and understanding of paintings, recent developments in portable and non-invasive instrumentation have led to growing interest in the applicability of techniques to the study of paintings. Further, as new instrumentation becomes commercially available and more affordable, conservators and scientists are able to use non-invasive techniques for monitoring and analysis in new ways.

A particular focus of the conference will be the interpretation of analytical results from portable instrumentation including colorimetry, imaging and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. The format of the conference will include papers and panel discussions.

Call for Papers: Deadline 1 July 2013

Original papers are invited for submission that focus on case studies and advances in:

  • Technical study of painted surfaces using non-invasive techniques
  • Spectroscopic methods for in-situ analysis of organic and inorganic materials in paintings (to include novel spectroscopic methods)
  • Imaging of paintings - digital x-ray, Infrared and multispectral imaging
  • Non-invasive microscopy of paintings
  • Monitoring and assessment of conservation treatments using non-invasive methods

Authors interested in presenting papers should submit an extended abstract (400 – 600 words) by 1 July 2013 to Austin Nevin ( Your work should be original and should not have been published elsewhere. Contributions regarding work-in-progress are also welcome. Abstracts should be in English and include the contact information for the author(s) (affiliation, address, telephone, fax and e-mail). The abstracts will be reviewed by the workshop committee and authors will be informed by October 2013.
Proceedings of conference papers will be published by SI Scholarly Press following peer review.

Joint interim meeting webpage

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