In recent years, a growing attention has been addressed to the study of the varnish from early musical instruments. The surfaces of nine historical Low Countries stringed musical instruments from the collection of the “Musical Instruments Museum” in Brussels were nondestructively analysed by in situ micro-X-Ray Fluorescence spectroscopy in dispersive mode. It was found that the main pigments dispersed in the varnish were iron- and manganese-based earths. The presence of a chromium-based pigment in one of the analysed instruments makes it appreciably different from the others. Other findings were discussed and compared with previously published results. The collection of such information plays a relevant role in the recovery of the applied formulations that is an interesting issue for conservators, luthiers and art historians.

Caruso, F., Saverwyns, S., Van Bos, M., Chillura Martino, D.F., Ceulemans, A., de Valck, J., et al. (2012). Micro-X-Ray Fluorescence and the Old Masters Non-destructive in situ characterisation of the varnish of historical Low Countries stringed musical instruments. APPLIED PHYSICS. A, MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING, 107, 197-202 [10.1007/s00339-011-6729-x].

Micro-X-Ray Fluorescence and the Old Masters Non-destructive in situ characterisation of the varnish of historical Low Countries stringed musical instruments

CHILLURA MARTINO, Delia Francesca;CAPONETTI, Eugenio
2012-01-01

Abstract

In recent years, a growing attention has been addressed to the study of the varnish from early musical instruments. The surfaces of nine historical Low Countries stringed musical instruments from the collection of the “Musical Instruments Museum” in Brussels were nondestructively analysed by in situ micro-X-Ray Fluorescence spectroscopy in dispersive mode. It was found that the main pigments dispersed in the varnish were iron- and manganese-based earths. The presence of a chromium-based pigment in one of the analysed instruments makes it appreciably different from the others. Other findings were discussed and compared with previously published results. The collection of such information plays a relevant role in the recovery of the applied formulations that is an interesting issue for conservators, luthiers and art historians.
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Caruso, F., Saverwyns, S., Van Bos, M., Chillura Martino, D.F., Ceulemans, A., de Valck, J., et al. (2012). Micro-X-Ray Fluorescence and the Old Masters Non-destructive in situ characterisation of the varnish of historical Low Countries stringed musical instruments. APPLIED PHYSICS. A, MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING, 107, 197-202 [10.1007/s00339-011-6729-x].
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