Professor Rolf Berg and his team from the Technical University of Denmark have been using a Linkam THMS stage to identify very subtle changes in the pigmentation of colours - within a temperature controlled environment - in precious works of art from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum in Copenhagen.
The prestigious museum houses the personal art collection of Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914) who was the son of one of the founders of Carlsberg breweries; the museum was founded in 1882 and is home to over 10,000 artefacts.
Professor Berg said: “Works of art, statues, paintings, ceramics, etc. commonly have solid colour grains which can provide important information on the origin and authenticity. This project gave us the opportunity to study new revelations about art and colour pigments and the chance to try modern spectroscopic equipment in collaboration with other universities".
Pieces of such importance require careful preservation work to ensure that they stay as close to the original state as possible; this is where the worlds of science and art meet to ensure that the beauty of such artefacts is maintained for future generations.
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