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XRF Workshop

Elemental analyses by X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Conservation students from the Ecole de Condé (Paris) participated in a workshop dedicated to the use and interpretation of elementary analyses by mean of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF). The artworks analysed during this workshop were:
  • “Mademoiselle de Sens”, (Att. to N. de Largillierre), 18th century, (Museum of Sens)
  • Orbiturary, manuscript on parchment, 12th/13th century, City of Rouffach.
  • “Sainte Cécile”, (no attribution), late 18th century, private coll.
  • “Portrait of man in armor”, (no attribution), late 17th century, private coll.

The goal was to familiarize students with the principle of in-situ and non invasive  elemental analysis, its limitations and its contribution to the understanding of materials in an artwork.