Technical Examination and Materials Analysis

Fine art conservation services can perform in-depth technical examinations, authentication and materials analysis using a broad range of the latest methods in analytical science.

  • X-raying of flat or 3-D objects
  • Ultraviolet light examination: can reveal previous restorations and materials information
  • Polarized light microscopy: cross-sectional analysis, fiber and pigment identification
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy: identification of paint media and coatings
  • Mass chromatography-mass spectrometry: identification of multicomponent media and coatings
  • X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy: pigment and metal alloy identification
  • X-ray diffraction: mineral identification
  • Scanning electron microscopy: ultra-high magnification
  • Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy: materials identification